9th February 2020: Haworth Mill Hey for the third time in 16 years has been hit by flooding. On the evening of 8th February storm Ciara hit the area with wind and heavy rain. At around 10:00am on 9th February Mill Hey was flooded.
From all the available historical records up to 2004 there has been only one previously recorded flood which had happened on 20th September 1946. Verbal discussion with KWVR members remember flooding problems primarily in the goods yard. If anyone has any record of flooding in the Mill Hey and Station Road area, and any photographic evidence please contact this website by email.
On the 31st January 2005 the Environment Agency Works carried out a Flood Risk Management for Haworth: "JBA consulting carried out an initial hydraulic assessment of the watercourse to assess capacity of bridges and culverts and to provide estimates of flows for a range of flood events. This work is still in draft form and not yet available. Early indications from this work suggest that the flows experienced in August 2004 were exceptional and likely to be in excess of the 100-year estimate (i.e. less than a 1% likelihood of occurring in any one year)."
It has now happened three times in 16 years, the continual flooding contradicts the tone of the above statement that it is "exceptional and likely to be in excess of the 100-year estimate" Source; News Story published on this website on 5th Feb 2005 here...
The dates of the flooding on Mill Hey are: 9th February 2020, 26th December 2015, 10th August 2004 and 20th September 1946.