TRAFFIC is now reported to be flowing again through Market Street, Hebden Bridge, businesses and residents relieved that damage seems to have been contained.
Sid Jones, of Muse Music and the Love Cafe, which is opposite the Co-op on Market Street, said there was no doubt it had been a lucky escape. Police made the right decision to stop traffic coming through and sending the water over the pavement, he said.
“It’s been a bit of a hairy afternoon but we have escaped.
“The water just barrelled down Horsehold - thick, black, slimy water - and the drains were blocked by the Co-op.
“The police said they stopped traffic coming through until it had cleared. That’s just what we needed. It’s been a narrow escaped and we are all relieved,” he said.
The road began to flood following a cloudburst after heavy rain all day.
Meanwhile the Environment Agency’s flood alert for the River Calder between Brighouse to Todmorden is still in force today.
But the agency says the majority of the rain has now passed and river levels across the catchment are generally falling.
It says lighter rain this afternoon may see a response from rivers in the catchment but it does not expect river levels to rise to levels requiring the issue of flood warnings.
It also says it does not expect to see property flooding.
Centre Vale Park in Todmorden is not expected to flood, says the agency, because the river is not forecast to reach the required level.