Praise for 'marvellous' council staff who helped battle Storm Ciara floods and Speedibake fire in Wakefield

Council staff have been thanked for going "above and beyond the call of duty" in tackling two weekends' worth of chaos in the Wakefield district.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 3:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 3:52 pm

Homes and businesses around Horbury Bridge and Castleford were among the worst hit by flooding and disruption caused by Storm Ciara on Sunday.

That followed the huge blaze at Speedibake factory on February 1, which blew a thick cloak of smoke over Wakefield city centre and forced nearby residents to evacuate.

On Tuesday, the council leader praised staff from the local authority's Streetscene team for going to the aid of residents.

Council workers, as well as fire and ambulance crews have had to help mitigate two major emergencies already this month. Pictures courtesy of John Clifton and YorkshireDave

Speaking before a Cabinet meeting, she said: "I'd like to thank all the officers, especially Glynn Humphries (director for the environment and Streetscene).

"They've had two weeks of disasters - the flooding and before that the fire.

"They've gone above and beyond the call of duty with the work they've done. They've been absolutely brilliant.

"We should put on record how marvellous they've been."

Drone footage from photographer Scott Merrylees showed the devastation wreaked by the fire at the Speedibake factory.

There have been no reports of any deaths or serious injuries as a result of Storm Ciara, nor were there any caused by the Speedibake fire.

However, some residents said they'd "Never seen flooding like" that of the weekend.

The Horse and Jockey pub in Horbury Bridge was one of the worst affected properties, while water also invaded the ground floors of several nearby homes.

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Horbury Bridge saw some of the worst of the flooding caused by the weekend's storm.
Council officers and rescue crews have had to battle two huge emergencies already this month. Pictures courtesy of John Clifton and YorkshireDave
Drone footage from photographer Scott Merrylees showed the devastation caused by the Speedibake fire.
Horbury Bridge was among the areas worst hit by flooding after Storm Ciara.