Businesses left to clean up flood mess in Stourton

Staff clear up a flood damaged building at Batley Warehousing, at Haigh Industrial Park, Stourton, Leeds.'30th December 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Staff clear up a flood damaged building at Batley Warehousing, at Haigh Industrial Park, Stourton, Leeds.'30th December 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

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A man has described his devastation after seeing his elderly father’s warehouse flood in Stourton - and said he has found it impossible to contact Leeds City Council to let them know about the chaos.

Jon Hunter, 52, said that “grown men were almost in tears” when they surveyed the damage to numerous industrial units on Haigh Park Road.

His father Michael, who is in his early seventies, owns Batley Warehousing on the estate, but much of its cardboard stock was ruined by the weekend’s chaos.

Mr Hunter said that staff weren’t able to access the warehouse until Wednesday morning as the water levels were still too high.

And he criticised the lack of response from the council.

He said: “We’ve had not one sausage of help. It’s heartbreaking. My dad has been walking around like a zombie.

“Why doesn’t someone come round to help? It’s unbelievable.”

Mr Hunter said that he had been passed from person to person at the council but none were able to give him answers.

Around 75% of the businesses in the industrial park are believed to have been affected by the floods.

Mr Hunter said he doesn’t know yet whether the warehouse will be able to open in the New Year, as it it still covered in sludge and debris.

He said: “All the lads came down this morning to help us clear up. We’re all in the same boat.”

A Leeds City council spokeswoman said: “We’re sorry to hear about the impact of flooding on the businesses at Haigh Road industrial park. We’ve been out to visit the site and we’ve spoken to Mr Hunter today to discuss his concerns. We’ll be back at the site first thing to assess how we can help.

“Any businesses severely affected by the floods should get in touch with Leeds City Council at floodrelief@leeds.gov.uk.”

A severe flood warning was put out for the Stourton area by the Environmental Agency on Boxing Day, which warned of a significant risk to life. It remained in force until Monday.

Recovery efforts are underway across Leeds, particularly on Kirkstall Road, which was devastated by the weekend’s floods.

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