FLASH floods will continue to cause chaos in Milnsbridge even though a major flood remedy scheme has been built there, it has been claimed.
Yorkshire Water and Kirklees Council say they have done everything in their power to stop flooding.
The village was once again crippled last Wednesday after storms turned Market Street into a river. It was the second time in just over a year freak weather had caused chaos in Milnsbridge.
In August 2004 a spectacular storm left some people's homes underwater and smashed down a 7ft wall on Paul Johnson, 46, and his six-year-old granddaughter Amber. Both spent time in hospital.
The council's highways department quickly went to work to try to prevent the problem happening again.
They created a number of gullies to stop water building up - and shop owners and residents say these worked well last Wednesday.
But it is claimed the work done so far by Yorkshire Water - and is still going on - is not sufficient to stop flooding.
Workmen have built a flood chamber which should guard against heavy rain and blockages in the system causing problems.
David Croft, owner of Milnsbridge Model Print, in Market Street, said he and fellow businesses feared flooding would become a regular occurrence.
"This is not the first time we have had this happen and that is the most worrying thing," he said.
"Last week it was incredible. After all the work that has been done, manhole covers were still being blown from the roads and sewage was still streaming through the village.
"I think the explanation is simple - the chamber is not big enough."
But Yorkshire Water bosses claim they have done everything they can to keep Milnsbridge safe.
A spokesman said: "While our work in Market Street is essentially complete, there is still some work needed to make the chamber fully operational.
"This may have had an impact on the flooding which occurred during the extreme weather conditions of last week, though it is important to stress that during severe storms, such as that experienced last week, the sheer pressure of high volumes of water can overload the system.
"We remain confident that under normal circumstances and once all components are operational, the new sewerage structure will work as it is designed to do."