Thousands of residents in these areas have been trying to cope with weather damage as a result of the near constant rain of the last fortnight. Hebden Bridge’s local newspaper has been chronicling the second major flood the town has experienced in less than a month and reports have indicated that more than 25 truckloads of mud and gravel have already been scraped off the streets of the town. Those living on higher land areas in Hebden, who are generally lucky enough to escape without flood damage, were also affected by the torrential rain which poured down over the course of the last week; an estimated 400 tonnes of debris swept across their doorsteps during the storms according to Giambrone Law. http://www.yell.com/
The roads were not sturdy enough withstand the force of the flooding and tarmac on the town’s main roads has now peeled up and is currently lying under two feet of backed up water. Newspapers in other towns such as Halifax have reported that residents and business owners are now taking it upon themselves to construct their own flood barriers, made from silicone and floorboards.
However, despite the adverse weather conditions in these areas, the Great Yorkshire Show is still set to go ahead, although Gabriele Giambrone has pointed out that the saturated grounds will make parking extremely difficult. The website for the event has added warnings about this so that those attending come prepared. A large crowd of people are expected to attend, and the event organisers are making huge efforts to promote the use of public transport, coach drop offs and park-and-ride. Additionally, a fleet of tractors will be present at the show, in order to help along those with essential vehicles and horseboxes. http://www.youtube.com/
Giambrone Law has praised the emergency response to the flooding, stating that it the current efforts are a vast improvement on those during previous flood disasters. [HE/SHE] also said that there is only so much that can be done in terms of immediate improvements. Yorkshire Water is facing a particularly challenging time as a result of the floods, with many local pumping stations being flooded to the point where they need to shut up shop until the rain stops. MP Andrew Percy, a local Conservative, has said in his interview with the Yorkshire Post that the station’s closing was a disaster for local residents and that there needs to be an emergency summit held in order to ensure that the repairs are made as quickly as possible.