Residents rally as terrible flooding washes through Saddleworth homes and business

RESIDENTS rallied together as heavy rain swept through Saddleworth, flooding businesses and homes across the villages on Monday evening.

In Greenfield, Well-i-hole Road remains closed after it became impassable due to River Tame bursting it banks.

Oldham Council tweeted a warning to drivers: “Avoid Well-I-Hole Bridge in Greenfield area. In danger of collapse. Road closures being put in place #flooding”.

At the other end of the village, water washed through St Mary’s Primary School on Chew Valley Road, which is closed on Tuesday due to flood damage.

Parents and locals gathered at the site to start clearing debris and leaves but no children are allowed due to health and safety.

Fire engines and emergency services rushed to the villages to help residents pump out water from homes and businesses.

At Lifestyle Fitness Centre on Wellington Road, two fire engines were on hand to remove the water which flooded the car park and gym under two feet of water.

Owner Derek posted on Facebook: “It is with a very heavy heart I tell you all that Lifestyle fitness centre will be closed until further notice.

“The torrential rain has destroyed my business… all I have worked so hard for is now gone.
“I will periodically post up progress reports on what is happening but in the meantime thank you all so much for your support over the years and hopefully see you all soon.”

The fire engines pumped water from homes across Saddleworth, including the house of Ian Beesley, who tweeted: “Big thanks to @oldhamfireteam for all their help saving our house from being flooded”.

Fire engines on hand to help pump water out of houses (Photo thanks to Ian Beesley)

And at Bowler Way in Greenfield, residents gathered to help sweep water out of garages and homes as it washed through from the main road.

Locals posted offers of help to neighbours for shelter and spare rooms to help those whose homes were affected.

Delph became virtually cut off as water filled the roads at junctions in and out of the village, including the White Lion pub.

Platting Road at Scouthead was closed due to flooding and had not been reopened on Tuesday morning.

The floods come almost exactly a year after torrential rain and storms hit the area in December 15, causing flooding and damage across the villages.

If your area is affected by flooding check Oldham Council’s advice page here on actions to take:


2 Replies to “Residents rally as terrible flooding washes through Saddleworth homes and business”

  1. Surprised NIMBY, sorry SDAG have not plastered photos of the new site under water after all the flooding in Saddleworth.

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