Aireborough Historical Society

Freak Storm 1968

Kirk Lane Flood
Freak Storm
Title
Kirk Lane Flood
Date 2nd July 1968
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
D168 + B433 & D498
K468     Photographer Charles Lideard donated by his daughter Christine Hogg
 
Comment
1: A freak hailstorm caused this flood, on the right is the junction with Whack House Lane, where the white car is.
Another vehicle is backed up against the perimeter wall of Leafield Mill.

2: A freak hailstorm caused flooding, this is Kirk Lane around midday.
Several vehicles are in difficulty, Leafield Mill is in the background.
 
 
3: April 24th 2014 Wharfedale Article.
This article was published in the newspaper and told of a freak hailstorm on July 2nd 1968.

 

4: Traffic driving through flood water on Harrogate Road, on the left is the garage at the junction with Green Lane.

 

electricalphil2005
electricalphil2005
I was working at Austin Hayes Ltd on Cemetery Road,(The tin hat factory) we called it as kids.The sky went dark and we went out into the yard to see what was happening. A huge inky black cloud was over Yeadon, coming from the direction of Bradford. Then the cloud burst and the huge hailstones came battering down on us. We promptly scampered back in an grabbed a tin hat apiece so we could watch without getting our heads knocked off.
We asked the Boss, a chap called Ronnie Hayes to switch off the power to the factory at the substation in the yard, to give us a chance to get the flood water under control but he refused to do it because YEB said they would charge him if they had to come out to restore the power and the seal.
All the mains services were coming up from under ground and the water was still rising, we were up to our knees almost,the rats were paddling out in tin hats!
we ended up downing toolsand walking out it was impossible to work in those conditions.
Walking down Cemetery Road, I was amazed at the number of birds that lay dead in the gutter. They had literally been hail stoned out of the trees.
After walking down Hawthorn Avenue, on to old Haworth Lane then on to Queensway, the flood waters caught up with the storm drains, and the drain covers started popping like corks one after the other rising up on columns of water two feet high, it was scary stuff.
12 May 2013
DavidDowker
DavidDowker
remember it well I was at Benton park school by the side of the boys gym with a school mate cant remember who ,when lightning hit the conductor on the side of the building just feet away from where we stood the flash was unbelievable as it shot down to the ground ,I went home after school to find my strawberry patch was just stalks sticking out of the ground from the onslaught of the hail stones as big as golf balls
23 August 2013
spgregor5
spgregor5
Remember it very well. Was at Aireborough Grammar School. The sky went a strange greeny black and then the heavens opened. Kirk lane was still full of hailstones when we went home from school
13 November 2013
Robert
Robert
Remember very well, we were at Guiseley swimming baths for a school swimming lesson and the hail started just as we were getting on the coach to go back to Yeadon South View school. We were sent home from school for the rest of the day.
25 October 2017
Paul Andrew Tipper
Paul Andrew Tipper
It's one of the few days that really stick out in my mind from Infants' School. I was 7 years old and in Miss Prichard's class in Whetley Infants' School. The sky went black as night. Miss Prichard drew the curtains in the classroom - I'll never forget it - huge curtains and huge windows. I still don't really understand why she drew those curtains that morning. Probably to shield us from the flashes of lightning ....
16 February 2020
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