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Huddersfield braced for wettest November in history

Well over 200mm of rain fell during the month to challenge the record set in 2009

Relentless rain brought problems to many areas on Monday – and left Huddersfield on the brink of its wettest November on record.

Weathermen were waiting to see how much rain would fall on Monday night before knowing if this year had eclipsed 2009 as Huddersfield’s wettest ever November.

Car abandoned in deep flooding in Calder Drive, Mirfield
Car abandoned in deep flooding in Calder Drive, Mirfield earlier this month

Many roads were flooded today and there were problems on the trains with the service between Manchester and Leeds badly affected.

The Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the River Calder at Brighouse.

And there were problems on the motorways.

The M62 suffered flooding between junctions 30 (Rothwell) and 29 which led to many delays and the M606 was closed heading into Bradford at junction three because of flooding.

Huddersfield weather man Paul Stevens said the wettest November in history was in 2009 when there was 215mm of rain.

By 3pm today, the total for this November had reached 204mm. With the rain still falling he said it was touch and go as to whether this November would be Huddersfield’s wettest ever.

Take a look below to see pictures of the flooding in the Colne Valley earlier this month.

And he said there is no respite in sight with more heavy rain on the way and up to 70mm possible by the end of the week.

“Thursday, and especially Thursday night, is looking particularly wet at the moment,” he said.

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“There are rafts of rain moving in relentlessly through the week and it could lead to some flooding problems, especially towards the end of the week.”



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