Club struck by new flood nightmare.
A little over 4 years into our recovery from the devastating flloding on Boxing Day 2015 the club was struck by flooding again as storm Ciara caused the River Aire to burst it's banks, water spilling accross land onto our field.
The effects were not at the level of 2015 with the new drainage showing it's worth with the water off the field in a day once the waters has peaked. We still suffered significant damage, however, with water getting into our buildings ranging from a few inches in the clubhouse to nearly 2 feet in the garage and scorebox.
Our steward's flat was hit worst with carpets having to be ripped up and beds and furniture destroyed. The flat has been cleared and we are trying to dry it out.
The changing rooms and showers will need cleaning out and disinfecting whilst we await tests on our cricket square for levels of silt and pollutants left by the flood water.
We've lost some equipment including a mower, chainsaw, leaf blower and hand tools whilst damage to other areas of the ground is still being assessed as the clean-up continues.
Our thoughts are also with the caravan owners who have suffered damage from the flood water. We did manage to get a number of vans and some equipment to higher ground as a flood warning came in but unfortunately time was against us.
Help and funding will be required for us to re-build once more, especially as we can no longer obtain insurance against the risk of flooding.
Clearly the '1 in a 100 year' flood of 2015 is no longer the case and changes to our climate and the local environment mean that these events are set to continue. We'll be looking at various flood defences we can put in place for the future and as we speak we are monitoring the threat of storm Dennis which is set to bring more heavy rain this weekend.
The club has established a Just Giving page if anyone can donate any funds toards our cause it would be much appreciated.
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