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Budget of £3m for more flood defence work

Cross Stone, Todmorden, is one of the areas where flood defence work will start later in 2014

Cross Stone, Todmorden, is one of the areas where flood defence work will start later in 2014

A budget of £3m has been allocated for flood defence schemes across the Calder Valley starting later in 2014.

The funding - from a central Government grant, the Yorkshire Flood and Coastal Defence Committee and up to £1m from Calderdale Council - has been earmarked by the council and the Environment Agency for ten schemes, including two in Todmorden and one in Elland.

The schemes will reduce the risk of flooding to more than 450 residential properties, businesses and infrastructure in several parts of Calderdale by tackling flooding from rivers, surface run-off and canals.

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency are completely committed to support for flood prevention works within the borough.

“The 2014/15 projects are part of the Calder Valley flood prevention plan, which is designed to help local people and businesses become more flood resilient.”

Public consultation will take place in March.

Plans are also being developed for larger flood protection works in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

 

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