Environment Agency boss visits Calderdale

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The chairman of the Environment Agency, Chris Smith, inspected the latest flood prevention measures when he visited Todmorden yeaterday.

Lord Smith, the former Culture Secretary, saw how at least £20 million has been spent on containing the River Calder and how millions more is being spent on walls and culverts to prevent Walsden Water from overflowing.

He was in the Rochdale Road area of the town to meet people and see work near Morrison’s supermarket.

He was accompanied by the agency’s flood risk manager Sue O’ Neill.

When the defences at this point are completed, it should safeguard hundreds more homes and businesses.