No more soggy Micras ... firm acts on floods blackspot road

No more soggy Micras ... firm acts on floods blackspot road
By Tony Earnshaw
Local Democracy Reporter

WARNING signs have gone up at a notorious flooding blackspot – a year after two motorists became stranded.

Toby Hosker and Hannah Stirk had to be rescued from their car after they attempted to drive through Calder View at Lower Hopton in Mirfield on Easter Monday last year.

Now Sheffield-based developer Gleeson Homes, which took over the nearby Calder View housing estate in 2017, has installed ‘No entry’ signs on the road.

The company says a depth gauge has also arrived on site to be put in place to further assist motorists.

Calder View is close to the River Calder and floods whenever there is heavy rain for a long period.

In a jokey email to a local campaigner, someone from the company’s customer services team wrote: “We don’t want any more soggy Nissan Micras.” The flippant response did not address the severity of the flooding issue. When Mr Hosker and Miss Stirk became trapped they had to climb out of their Ford Ka via the boot.

The couple’s car became stranded in several feet of water in the dark when the road flooded following heavy rainfall.

They said they could not see the depth of the water until it was too late.

In March this year the flood waters were so high that they almost covered another car.

Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt welcomed Gleeson Homes’ involvement with the site.

But he encouraged them to take action over the flooding issue and to make good on its promise to install a pumping system.

Gleeson Homes’ customer services team responded: “We will discuss with our area office and address this. We don’t want any more soggy Nissan Micras.”

Coun Bolt said: “I am pleased that the developer has done it.

“Clearly, people from outside the area have had problems with the flooding.

“It’s long overdue for the safety of the public.”

A spokesman for Gleeson Homes said: “The main road floods from time to time as it has done for many years.

“We have provided an alternative route for when this happens and we have also provided a depth gauge to enable motorists to see the depth of the water when the road floods and to enable them to make a decision about using the alternative route.”

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