COMMUNITIES often come together through times of crises – and that is certainly what has happened in the wake of the recent floods.

On at least three occasions last month, homes and businesses were inundated after Craven was battered by a series of storms.

The devastation was widespread. But it could have been so much worse.

There are numerous reports of armies of volunteers getting together and building DIY flood barriers against the rising water in a desperate bid to save homes.

In some cases, they were successful, such as in Ghyll Meadows, Barnoldswick, but, in others, the floodwaters proved too much.

Mention should also be made of the heroic efforts of the emergency services and council workers, who rushed from community to community trying to stem the tide of floodwater and help victims.

Now, the clean-up is underway and still Craven's community spirit prevails.

For instance, in Silsden, more than 30 residents turned out at the weekend to help clear the beck of rubble. They formed a human chain to move rocks and silt that had been brought downstream by the surging water.

Elsewhere, collections have been held for the flood victims and the response has been overwhelming, with numerous donations of food, bedding, cleaning supplies and toys.

In just two days, six vans of goods were sent out from Skipton to grateful groups across the North.

"It just shows that people pull together when they have to," said Rachel Hirst, of Skipton Community Hub, which acted as a collection point.

Across in Earby, where more than 100 homes and businesses were flooded on Boxing Day, a Just Giving crowdfunding account raised £600 in double-quick time.

It is heartening to know that, in these days of austerity, there is no shortage of goodwill in Craven.