Flood defence meeting for Calder Valley residents

Calder Valley residents and businesses concerned about flash flooding were given the chance to see new flood risk reduction plans as part of £3 million funding from the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council.

On Wednesday, Hebden Bridge Town Hall welcomed the public to view and discuss future plans. Local Calder Valley flood action groups were on hand to share their reaction to flooding tips.

Floodwaters in Mytholmroyd

Floodwaters in Mytholmroyd

Hebden Bridge Flood Action Group member, Andrew Entwistle, said: “We want to make people aware, not only of the risk of flooding, but to prepare them.”

Chair of Calder Future, Anthony Rae, said vegetation management is more affective than dredging. Calder Future will be holding water clearing community projects throughout the year.

Environment Agency project manager Andrew Coen said: “A lot of work has gone on in the last year to develop projects that will make a real difference to the risk of flooding for communities in the Upper Calder Valley. Over the next 12 months, we will be implementing these projects.”