A businessman has been left counting the cost of a flood which devastated his two companies.

Graham Ervine, 53, who runs neighbouring businesses in Mirfield fears the Boxing Day floods will have cost him up to £20,000.

Graham runs Design Contract Flooring and Mirfield Mill Carpets at Holme Bank Mills in Station Road, Mirfield.

His businesses are uninsurable because of the mill’s proximity to the River Calder.

Graham said: “It’s going to take me six months to recover from this. I was even talking about calling it a day and getting a job but I love what I do so much.

“It’s devastating and I’ve never seen anything like it in 45 years in Mirfield. But at least its only a workplace that I’ve lost. It’s not like people’s homes in Cumbria. That’s totally soul-destroying.”

Graham’s businesses were engulfed under more than 2ft of floodwater on Boxing Day when the Calder overflowed.

He had a warning that the river was heading his way but makeshift flood defences and sandbags proved useless against the powerful surge.

“The premises looked like a tsunami had hit,” said Graham.

James Walker, owner of the mill, and a friend Simon Dedman were both trapped for a time by the rising floodwater.

After the floodwater had gone volunteers turned up on Monday morning to help the clean up operation.

Three skiploads of sodden stock and ruined furniture was removed.

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“I’ve been pretty emotional, not about what I’ve lost, but because of the response from people who have come to help,” said Graham.

“The support has been overwhelming. There were 20 people including friends and complete strangers. They have been unbelievable. That’s what made me emotional. I can’t thank them enough.”