More flood help offered

Environment Agency staff and National Flood Forum helping out local residents affected by recent flooding around Todmorden.'Pictured are Heather Shepherd, Jonathan Moxon, Kirsty Fussing and local resident Anne Godsman
Environment Agency staff and National Flood Forum helping out local residents affected by recent flooding around Todmorden.'Pictured are Heather Shepherd, Jonathan Moxon, Kirsty Fussing and local resident Anne Godsman
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Representatives from the Environment Agency, the National Flood Forum, Calderdale Council, Yorkshire Water, West Yorkshire Police, and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue service will be hosting flood support sessions next week.

The drop-in meetings will take place at St Michaels Church carkpark, Mytholmroyd, om Monday, July 23, and at Hebden Bridge Vistor and Canal Centre carpark on Tuesday, July 24. Both will be held between noon and 7pm.

Area flood resilience team leader Jonathan Moxon said: “We would urge anyone who was recently flooded or are worried about flooding to visit the team in Calderdale.

“People from different organisations will be available to talk to, and to offer advice and support for people who have been flooded. There will also be information on how people can help protect themselves in the future. We can never prevent flooding altogether but there are steps that people can take to protect their property and families.

“The drop-in sessions also give us the opportunity to find out how the flooding affected different homes and streets. We can then use this information to build a more exact picture of where and when the flooding came from.”

The Calder Valley experienced a series of floods in late June and early July, caused mainly by heavy rain falling on to already saturated catchments.

Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd and Walsden were among the most severely affected areas.

Hebden Bridge recorded its highest ever river level on June 22, at 3.311m, some 0.285m higher than June 2000, and flood warnings were issued to 177 properties in the area. A total of 52 properties in the area are not signed up to receive our flood warning.

Residents are urged to find out whether they are at risk of flooding by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or by visiting our website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

Eligible residents will be able to sign up to Floodline Warnings Direct which is a free service that sends you a direct message when flooding is expected and may affect your property. You can receive warnings by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message or fax.