£525,000 to protect homes from flooding

Floodwaters surround local shops in the centre of Mytholmroyd.
Floodwaters surround local shops in the centre of Mytholmroyd.

More than half a million pounds of funding will go towards protecting homes and businesses from future flooding.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced £525,000 will be handed to Calderdale Council to fund innovative projects to improve flood protection.

1,000 people will be protected from flood risk thanks to volunteers who will monitor rivers so that higher levels of water can be drained safely to avoid flooding.

DEFRA has contributed £310,000 to this project with a further £215,000 raised through partnership funding from the council, the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and the Canal & River Trust - as part of the Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder scheme.

Calderdale Council leader, Coun Tim Swift, said: “This is an important award which will help us extend the innovative work we have done so far to build community resources to respond to last summer’s flooding, and to improve responses in future.

“It’s a valuable investment, although we still face major challenges in meeting the sheer scale of the costs the council has incurred.”