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Youth Perspective: Calder High School Writing Competition – Kelbie Higgins

Calder High School

07 Aug 2017

This is part of a green writing competition Thomson Reuters held with Calder High School in Yorkshire, UK. Here is Kelbie Higgins’ piece on how people came together during and after the floods.

Kelbie Higgins – Second Prize, Year 8


That’s Naomi. She lives just up the road. The great thing about her is that she went to Hebden to visit a friend the night before the floods, and the morning she woke up this what she saw.

Now it’s not that, but she didn’t panic. She ran out, woke everyone up, and helped even her friend’s little sister who hated her. She walked hand in hand with her comforting her. This brought them together.

Now the way we can stop flooding, together, is plant trees and do an all green theme.

After the floods, Barry got a job planting trees. He started getting the family involved and explained what would happen if they planted trees.

The trees will grow and soak the water so you don’t have to worry about leaving your phone on charge next to the window, he said to his 13 year old daughter.

That is Barry and his grandchildren planting the trees locally and finally getting the community to help see we need trees. So could we ever have another of them?

Also, Barry explained to the government. He wrote a serious letter asking and explaining why he should build trees on the flood plain. It took a while but they let him and he planted over 1,000 trees.

Unblocking the drains: See, I’m Kelbie, and I was at the bus stop yesterday night around 9:00.

And there was this van. It said Calderdale Council on it, and it was plain white and had this massive metal cup thing with water in it. They were cleaning and unblocking the drains. They used this silver tube and it looked like a drill, but it wasn’t. It sucked all the water out and this guy who was dressed in orange with green thick gloves on took some stones out of the drain.

He then put some clean water in, got in his funny looking truck, and drove off with two conical cars following.

I think he was cleaning the drains and he did a pretty good job. Next time the rains come, we will be ready.


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