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Floods in Huddersfield after heavy rain

Police warn of treacherous conditions on many roads as flood water becomes a problem

Flooding hit many parts of Huddersfield today.

Torrential rain overnight brought problems on many roads.

And police warned drivers to take extra care as they dealt with reports of flooding in Holmfirth , Slaithwaite, Milnsbridge, Blackmoorfoot, Rastrick and Mirfield.

Flood water in Slaithwaite on Sunday morning

The Environment Agency has imposed a large number of flood warnings on local rivers.

There are at least nine on the River Calder, stretching from Todmorden down to Dewsbury.

In Huddersfield, there are warnings out on the Fenay Beck, at both Fenay Bridge and Spa Bottom, and for the Woodsome Beck at Highburton.

Police reported several feet of water on the roads running alongside Blackmoorfot reservoir and urged drivers to avoid the area.

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They were also dealing with reports of flooding in Crimble, Slaithwaite , where torrents of water have been pouring down the hillsides and into the roads.

Police also said that conditions on the M62 were very poor and reported four accidents last night on one stretch of the motorway near Junction 25 at Brighouse.

In Mirfield Clr Martyn Bolt came across a car abandoned in several feet of floodwater below a bridge at the entrance to Calder Drive.

The driver is thought to have abandoned the car as waters rose past the windows.

Car abandoned in deep flooding in Calder Drive, Mirfield
Car abandoned in deep flooding in Calder Drive, Mirfield

Clr Bolt said: “This is not the first time it has happened on Calder Drive and we as councillors warned of the risks of building on a known flood plain”.

The problems follow the Met Office’s amber warning over severe weather for north-west Wales and parts of northern England as more than a month’s rain was expected to fall in these areas from Saturday evening through today.

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An Environment Agency spokesman said the severe warning means residents are urged to “take immediate action and prepare for property flooding”.

They currently have 67 flood warnings in force across England and Wales, along with 123 flood alerts.



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