The Calder Valley’s History Of Flooding


By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

The worst affected area in the weekend’s floods was probably the Calder Valley around Hebden Bridge. This lies at the foot of the Pennines, and is therefore particularly vulnerable to flooding.

The Eye on Calderdale website has a detailed history of flooding there, extracted from Molly Sunderland’s book, “It’s water under the bridge”

According to newspaper reports the Calder Valley has been subjected to flooding since the early 1800s. There was a disastrous flood in 1837 but few details are known about it apart from the fact that the arches of the canal viaduct at Black Pit (near to Riverside School in Hebden Bridge) were unable to take the waters, which rose to the height of the canal and ultimately flowed over it. The waters damned back and formed an immense lake out of which the houses stood up in a pitiable condition. On…

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