Flooding caused city disruption

Flooding at Wakefield New Bridge on Saturday, June 23.'Photo by Ray Spencer
Flooding at Wakefield New Bridge on Saturday, June 23.'Photo by Ray Spencer

TORRENTIAL downpours caused flash flooding and travel delays.

Flood warnings were issued last Friday as Wakefield was struck with more than half the monthly average of rain in the space of a day.

People living in areas with a high risk of flooding were reportedly told to move to higher ground by Environment Agency officers.

Visitors to our Facebook page reported burst sewers and overflowing drains.

And people shared photographs of flooded parks and a boat that had broken loose from its moorings on the River Calder, at Wakefield New Bridge, in the heavy rain.

Train operators East Coast, Northern Rail and CrossCountry reported delays of up to an hour on Friday due to flooding.

Wakefield Council’s chief executive Joanne Roney said more than 3,000 sandbags were delivered to people across the city.

She said: “The contact centre took calls from residents who were affected by the bad weather and council staff worked around the clock to help the residents during the heavy rainfall.”

It was five years ago this week that hundreds had to evacuate their homes due to severe flooding in Wakefield.

Elderly people became stranded in their homes when a month’s worth of rain fell on June 25, 2007.

Last year a £1.4m flood defence project was built in Agbrigg, where around 400 homes flooded in 2007, as part of Wakefield’s Flood Alleviation Scheme.

And a spokesman for the Environment Agency said it was important in protecting the city this time round.

He said: “The scheme performed as designed.

“Colleagues at Wakefield Council acted as our eyes on the ground and also helped lay sandbags at the bottom of Ings Beck to prevent water coming through an access gate.”

A MetOffice forecast said rain may continue into this weekend. Flood alerts were issued yesterday for the River Calder from Brighouse to Todmorden.