TORRENTIAL rainfall across the Five Towns led to road closures, flooded businesses and wildlife clean-up operations as canals, lakes and rivers spilled over their banks last weekend.
Lock Lane in Castleford was closed for one day on Friday – after the River Aire and neighbouring lakes spilled over onto Barnsdale Road – which left one car business with knee-high water in its garages.
Liam Richardson, who owns Castleford Car Centre, on Barnsdale Road, said it took 13 people three hours to drive 60 cars half a mile up the road to an old building yard, after flood warnings were issued on Friday.
He said: “It is absolutely disgusting, the water was knee-high in the garage but in the past it has reached shoulder height.
“It costs the business thousands of pounds every time it floods and nobody was able to work for three days while we waited for the water to go down.”
Fairburn Ings nature reserve was also flooded on Friday, which the RSPB said has destroyed hundreds of nests and burrows.
Chris Woolner, RSPB visitor experience manager, said: “It has been a traumatic time because it is the beginning of spring and we have lost a lot of young wildlife which has just been washed away in the flood.
“The swan and duck feed platform in the main bay is completely covered and it has been impossible to manage this amount of water.
“We need to people to come along to the centre to help out or donate money to help us rebuild parts of the reserve.”