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A river runs through

It had been raining for two days, 100mm falling on Friday alone. At about 7.00 pm we heard the flood warning siren in Hebden Bridge a couple of miles away, and then the local one sounded. The River Calder had been running high for a couple of days. Over the next few hours what at first seemed just a trickle of water along the road at Mytholmroyd turned into a fast torrent with people up to their waists in water. By Saturday morning the water had gone, leaving a filthy sewage mixed mess everwhere, shops, stock and homes, possessions ruined and the long unpleasant task of clearing up. I understand that flood insurance comes with a £6000 excess for the typical home owner, making it unaffordable for many.

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So sad. Our east coast is flooding, all while the west is going up in flames. If we could lasso the clouds and bring them this way- save you all, save us all...
John Prior: The weather seems to have changed to greater extremes everywhere Elizabeth
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jun 2012, 06:50
Horrible isn't it John. I suppose given the way things are good advice is if you're considering buying a new property just bear this sort of scenario in mind. I bet houses are still being built on flood plains...
John Prior: Terrible, glad I live on top of a hill smile
Oh dear this looks dreadful but, on the plus side if that is possible, this is a fascinating photograph John.
John Prior: Yes Chad, several old electric soldering irons in the collection.
As chad put it, a sad but fascinating sight.....nice tones.
John Prior: Yes, but fascinating, the event brought out lots of people including the media and TV cameras
You can usually rely on insurance companies to shaft you in times of need
John Prior: Yes indeed, everything seems geared towards rip-off these days.
No consolation, John, but an excellent photo. I worked in Carlisle,and Cockermouth,when they were flooded, so I know how awful it is.
John Prior: Thanks Frank, they said this was the worst flood for 30 years, more severe than those in 2000
An interesting shot John, with a sad story
John Prior: Thanks Martin, very unpleasant for those effected, especially the elderly.
If there is any consolation after a flood the house is still standing, after a fire it might not be.
John Prior: True Brian, but no way of fighting a flood

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