Sunday, 27 December 2015

A River Runs Through It

+Johanna Howard-Cofield​, +Anya Howard-Cofield​, +Leo Howard-Cofield​ and I spent the day helping the clear up in Littleborough following yesterday's floods.
I'm really proud of the kids giving their day up and humbled by the way the community - farmers, publicans, electricians, plumbers, off-duty firemen, faith and community groups of all creeds, everyone - all came together to help those whose property had been flooded.



An even bigger area was affected just a few miles further up the valley with Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd (among others in the North) all suffering - just three years since the last big flood which prompted new defences being put in place. Naturally, the reaction has been the same, with people coming from miles away to lend a hand.

(For my cycling friends, to help place the area, Mytholmroyd is where Cragg Vale, the "longest hill in England" begins).

We returned tired, hungry and dirty - but happy that we could at least come home to a hot shower and some comfort. It could be a while before some of those affected, whose furniture and belongings were carted off in skips today, can do the same. Hopefully it won't be too long.