People are being asked what they think of a revised long-term plan of action to better protect future generations in Calderdale from flooding throughout October.
Residents and business owners can find details of the plan by visiting www.eyeoncalderdale.com and progress will be reported at regular intervals. Also on the website is short online survey asking for feedback on how best to share updates on the plan, promote opportunities to get involved with its development and whether anything can be done better. Copies of the plan are also available on local libraries and information centres.
The flood action team talked to 200 Calderdale residents about the work of partners to reduce flood risk at The People’s Festival, held at The Piece Hall, in Halifax, last weekend. Visitors had the chance to ask questions, give feedback and view a slide show featuring ongoing and completed actions which is also available at www.eyeoncalderdale.com.
Treesponsibility and Slow the Flow, partners helping to deliver the Calderdale Flood Action Plan, also generated a lot of interest amongst visitors and signed up volunteers to help with work to reduce flooding in the upper Calder catchment including tree planting, building log dams, stuffing gullies and sustainable urban drainage. For details of volunteering opportunities visit www.treesponsibility.com and www.slowtheflow.net.
The Calderdale flood action plan was drawn up by the Environment Agency, on behalf of the Calderdale Flood Partnership working with Calderdale Council, businesses and many community and voluntary organisations, following the Boxing Day floods of December 2015.
It sets out how the partners will work to provide better protection to around 3,500 homes and businesses in the area, as well as longer term strategies to help local organisations and communities work together to develop better ways of managing rivers and the land.
Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager Adrian Gill said: “The Calderdale Flood Action Plan outlines the work of our partnership to drive action to reduce flood risk across Calderdale. It has just been reviewed to include many new actions and we will be reporting back on its progress. However, to achieve success we need contributions and ongoing support of communities, businesses and partners to find a way forward that works for everyone.”
There are four key themes in the plan - strengthening defences to reduce flooding from rivers and surface water, managing the landscape to slow the flow of water, developing resilient infrastructure such as sewer systems, electricity substations, telecommunications and transport systems and making sure that people and property are as prepared as possible in the event of a flood.
Since December 2015, The Environment Agency has spent £9 million to repair defences in Calderdale to ensure that communities affected by flooding last winter now have the same level of flood protection they had before winter 2015/16.
Sign up to our home or business flood warnings online: https://www.fws.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/register