Leeds Intelligencer (27/May/1822)

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The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.

On Monday last, an unusually heavy storm of thunder and lightning visited the neighbourhood of Huddersfield and Holmfirth, but in general with little or no rain. A cloud, however, burst on the hills above Holmfirth and Meltham, and sent down by the two channels of those valleys, an immense flood of water, the streams of which came in contact at a place called Steps. The effect was truly tremendous, and highly alarmed all the neighbourhood. A breast of water of from seven to nine feet high rushed down the valley, and spread desolation along its course ; but happily no lives, as far as we have heard, were lost. Had this tremendous visitation taken place in the night, its effects would probably have been dreadful indeed. All down the river a sudden and unaccountable flood took place, which astonished and confounded the conjectures of those who saw it.