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Bradford residents mop up after freak deluge
A clean-up operation was continuing yesterday to repair the damage caused by a freak storm which saw heavy rain and hailstorms lead to flash flooding in the city.
Engineers at Bradford Council, the emergency services and utility companies’ staff were out in force to help those affected by the sudden heavy rain and hail on Sunday evening.
Firefighters were called to Oakroyd Terrace and Woodview, Manningham , where several inches of hail had fallen, forcing residents to evacuate about a dozen homes.
Part of Frizinghall Road was closed to traffic, near the junction with Emm Lane, after water swept through a ground-floor flat in Keighley Road while the heavy downpour also saw a car submerged in water in Canal Road, a large section of which was closed to traffic along with Valley Road.
A Council spokesman yesterday said staff were working hard so everything could return to normal as soon as possible.
The spokesman said: “Engineers from our building control team have inspected the damage at a property in Keighley Road, Frizinghall, and advised on what needs to be done to make it safe again, such as the driveway needing to be repaired and doors replaced.
“Residents of 16 properties on Oakroyd Terrace, Manningham, were given the option to stay at home or attend a Council rest centre set up at Richard Dunn Sports Centre while work continued to restore their utilities.
“The centre was stood down at 9.30pm as residents chose to stay within their community. One family went to a hotel and another stayed with family.
“A Council gulley contractor was on this street pumping hail stones and water out of cellars until midnight to allow engineers to safely restore power.”
The flash floods were particularly worrying for Patson Jamu, 25, a resident in a basement, who had to swim through a window to escape after water gushed into the property.
Burst water mains also caused damage to roads in Shipley , including at the junction of Festival Avenue and Hollin Lane, as well as at Carr Lane.
Firefighters from Fairweather Green meanwhile were called to a nursing home in North Park Road, Manningham, after a bedroom became flooded.