Fairfax Saves The Day

Fairfax Saves The Day

Devastating flash flooding caused major damage to houses, businesses and the road network around Grinton and Reeth in Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

Fairfax were asked to supply excavators, dumpers and rollers to the contractors carrying out much needed emergency repairs to two bridges which were completely destroyed.

Hinko Construction from Bradford were given the task of creating two temporary bridges next to the old stone bridges which were too badly damaged by the cascading flood water and debris to be repaired immediately.

Fairfax director Matthew Love said “When disaster strikes a community like Grinton and Reeth in Swaledale the important thing is the speedy reaction to get men and machines on the ground to repair the infrastructure and get things back to normal as soon as humanly possible.”

Matthew added “ One of our most experienced low loader drivers, Gaz Brown had quite an adventure getting the excavator to the site of the damaged bridge near Grinton, as the B6270 which links Reeth to Richmond had been partially washed away by the flood. The Hinko workers were shocked to see him arrive safely onto site.”

With the installation of two culverts and some engineering work the two damaged bridges were replaced in good time to save the Reeth Agricultural Show on August Bank Holiday Monday which was held in record temperatures with no rain in sight.

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