‘Business As Usual’?
Businesses in the Upper Calder Valley & the aftermath of the December 2015 Flooding
On Boxing Day 2015 the Upper Calder Valley woke to the sound of heart stopping sirens wailing along a 14 mile stretch of the river Calder. Within just a few hours the four main towns, and communities in between, were overwhelmed by a river in rage, causing the worst flooding in living memory. Businesses in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Sowerby Bridge were deluged by flood water, mud and sewerage. Some properties collapsed into the river with the force of the water. In the period that followed, even businesses not directly affected by flood water were devastated by loss of trade. This site tells the raw and emotional stories of some of those businesses.