These young Leeds residents helped save homes from flooding in Wortley

Residents across Leeds were out on the street helping to save their homes from flooding on Saturday.

By Daniel Sheridan
Sunday, 7th February 2021, 4:49 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th February 2021, 4:54 pm

In Wortley, two young residents helped to save their community after significant flooding at the Branch Road junction of the ring road.

The road was closed by police on Saturday night after becoming impassible.

However, Jordan Denny, 20 and Sophie Bradburn, 22, spent more than seven hours out on the street using sandbags to help contain the water.

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Sophie Bradburn, 22 and Jordan Denny, 20

Sophie owns local shop JBS and had recently purchased a large stock of sledges.

Using the bags the sledges came in, the pair gathered grit and made temporary sandbags to keep the flood water away from residents home.

They told the YEP they were out until after 1am on Sunday morning assisting Josh Longford from Dr Drainage - who had also given up his night to clear flood water free of charge.

Jordan said: "There was water absolutely everywhere.

In Wortley, two young residents helped to save their community after significant flooding at the Branch Road junction of the ring road.

"It got inside the cellars of a few houses after the stream opposite the junction burst its banks.

"We saw pictures on social media of what had happened first as we live a few streets back.

"I just thought 'something needs to be done'."

Together with Sophie, Jordan spent the rest of the evening filling sandbags and helping residents of the area.

In Wortley, two young residents helped to save their community after significant flooding at the Branch Road junction of the ring road.

Sophie closed the shop she owns to go and help him - much to the delight of residents who were saved.

She said: "We used the bags from the sledges I had bought.

"We didn't do it because we had to, we did it because we are good people."

Eddie Hardcastle, 38, and his wife Samantha, 39, have lived in the house on the corner of the junction for more than six years.

In Wortley, two young residents helped to save their community after significant flooding at the Branch Road junction of the ring road.

They described Saturday night as "chaos" - with police closing the road for the first time for a similar event.

The pair told the YEP without the help of Jordan, Sophie and the drainage company, their homes would have been flooded.

Eddie said: "I can't thank them all enough.

"If not for those two and [Dr Drainage] our house would be underwater.

"Police also closed the road very quick, which helped a lot."

Eddie said the water levels started to rise at about 2pm yesterday.

By 11pm, the flooding had worsened and residents' homes were under threat.

He added: "It went on until the early hours of this morning.

"The drainage company did an amazing job pumping the water back out from our garden.

"It was so nice to see the local residents helping us to, we are normally left to our own devices.

"It was a community effort."

Eddie called on Leeds Council to clean the drains in the area to attempt to ensure flooding would subside quicker in the future.

He added: "We live in a developed country and you think it would be a small job.

"The reservoir [opposite] and the gulleys need to be cleaned."

Fez Mazhar - Managin Partner of Dr Drainage who helped for free in Wortley - said it was their role to "help in any way possible".

He said: "‘Everyone was struggling getting sand bags so we thought the best thing would be to get all our team out to the closest b&q’s and purchase as many as possible.

"This proved to work and help everyone that needed them."

Josh Longford, Operations Director who helped at the scene, added: "Some people would take this as an opportunity to make money, however, in my eyes it’s a time to give back to the community and support those in need, without making an financial gain."

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