Flood recovery steps up a gear

Hadley Pollard at Bailey's Gym, Walsden
Hadley Pollard at Bailey's Gym, Walsden

Businesses and residents are continuing on the road to recovery a month after flash flooding hit parts of Todmorden and Walsden.

Earlier this week the Environment Agency confirmed it has finished its initial investigations into what happened on the evening of July 29.

And Calderdale Council has announced that a £3m programme to reduce the impact of flooding will begin in the autumn.

Council leader Tim Swift said: “We’re continuing to work with the Environment Agency and utility companies on our investigative work on the culverts in Kershaw Road and Clough Road.

“We’re studying the catchment to find out how much water flows through the local culverted streams.

“When we have the results of the study this will help us decide how to prevent further flooding in the future.”

The council is working with the Environment Agency to improve flood defences in more than 20 targeted locations.

A total of £50,000 has been allocated to local community flood groups to help set up flood stores - facilities in residential areas where people would be able to quickly access clean-up equipment during a flood.

Hadley Pollard, whose business and home were both damaged by the flooding, had to move and live out of suitcases in hotels for several weeks in the aftermath.

“It’s been horrible,” he said.

“Luckily I’m one of those people who is able to shrug things off sometimes and just carry on and knuckle down.

“Otherwise things would get on top of you.”