We formed in early 2013 to contribute to a better response to flooding and have developed a Community Flood Plan based on the four main areas in Hebden Bridge which have been flooded in the past.
The plan includes four containers, one in each of these areas, supported by local people who act as key holders and distribute the equipment they hold for reducing flooding and cleaning up afterwards.
We hold joint meetings with the Mytholmroyd Flood Action Group at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, and from April 2015, Hebden Royd Council will be holding the funds of both groups. These funds came from DEFRA and have paid for the containers and the equipment in them. We also work closely with Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency to identify ways of preventing flooding or reducing the damage it does.
We recognise that flood defences and keeping rivers and drains clear is an important part of dealing with flooding, but that there are also vital roles for better land management, better household and business preparation, and better community preparation. We also know that flooding has probably been a problem in our Pennine landscape since it became inhabited, and that climate change increases the risk it will happen more frequently or less predictably.
We always need more volunteers to attend the Flood Group meetings, or to be familiar with their local Flood Store and available if there is a flood, or to sign up with the Environment Agency as Flood Wardens. None of these roles require you to be on a rota or always available.
Alternatively if you would be willing to be contacted if and when help is needed please let us know.
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