The flood plan contains numerous useful recommendations. However, it completely lacks any numerical data and fails to distinguish between coping with river or flash flooding.
Also, there is a lack of urgency. Some actions could have been taken during the summer. A similar amount of rain to last year would have produced the same result. Fortunately, a dry autumn has resulted in the land being relatively dry.
Yorkshire Water are a key player and could manage reservoir levels to contain exceptional rainfall. The resources are in place and action could have been taken quickly.
I did contact Yorkshire Water months ago but they were unenthusiastic, although it would protect their assets in the valley.
I think the strategy should be to contain flood water. However, in working out the detailed plan one needs to know how much water needs to be contained in a particular valley or area.
One needs to know what assets are being protected, the cost of defences and then a cost-benefit analysis. I get the impression that millions are being spent on walling in the river.
Walsden Water has been contained by building a wall. Then look what happened down the valley.
There is no mention of collecting water in urban areas for later use. For example, a school could have a large tank, collect rain water and use later in the toilets or on the garden.
I have three water tubs and direct rain water on my garage into my pond. This makes a small contribution to preventing flash floding.
However, if all businesses and households took similar action it would have a significant impact.
Barry Crossland, Elland Lane, Elland