THE sandbags are out as people fight off the risk of flooding.
In 72 hours, Huddersfield has been drenched with 96mm of rain – more than what would be expected for the whole month.
And it’s not over yet, with Salendine Nook meteorologist Paul Stevens, below, warning of more rain and wind to come.
Yesterday in Armitage Bridge, the home of mass flooding two years ago, the sandbags were out at the doors of homes near to the village brook and at an entrance to the brook.
In Milnsbridge cars had to fight their way through inches of water on Manchester Road.
The A6024 Holme Moss Road at Holme village was closed in both directions between the bus turning circle and Woodhead Pass because the road was flooded.
And gusts of wind caused the sign at Sainsbury’s at Salendine Nook to blow off and onto a car.
Highways officials shut the A629 Halifax Road in Penistone to high sided vehicles between the B6462 Huddersfield Road junction and the A628 Barnsley Road junction.
Paul said: “In the last three days we’ve had 96mm of rain, for the whole month we’d expect around 76mm. By the end of the week we could see that rise to 125mm or 130mm, and we’d still only be half way through the month.”
He said Huddersfield had been hit with gusts of wind up to 56mph, with it rising to 62mph at Leeds Bradford Airport.
And it’s not over yet – today will be unsettled with more wind and rain.
By Wednesday and Thursday there could be more local flooding as the ground is already saturated by the heavy rains. However, the winds will die down a little to around 40mph.
Looking into next week, Paul said there is a hint of bitterly easterly winds, which could see the return of snow, although he’s still monitoring the situation.
Armitage Bridge resident Michael Sutcliffe said people were preparing for flooding.
“People have been walking down to the Dean Brook to look at its level but there’s some way to go yet.
“I didn’t live here two years ago when it flooded Dean Brook Road so I can only imagine how bad it could get, but I live a bit further back and getting home insurance isn’t that easy.
“I bought a few sandbags when I moved in because I’d been warned, so I’m ready to help if needed.”
Last night the Environment Agency said river levels in the Huddersfield area were steady.
The highest was at Colne Bridge where the level was 1.01 metres – above the highest average of 1 metre – though there is still some way to go before it matches its highest river level of 2.31 metres in January, 2008.