Calderdale Flood Programme - Progress Update

December 2018

Since January 2016, the Environment Agency, on behalf of the Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Programme, has worked with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and the community to produce a flood action plan for Calderdale. Since it was originally published in October 2016, the Plan has undergone two annual reviews and six quarterly updates.

Current progress on actions in the plan is summarised below. You can also:


More information

Calderdale Flood Action Plan

Further information on all the numbered actions, including a spreadsheet showing the latest progress, can be found on the Flood Action Plan page. Here you can also find Appendices 1-3 detailing the changes made to the plan, business as usual actions and completed actions.

The level of reporting on actions in the current (2018/19) plan for this quarter (November) was 86%.

Of 134 actions in the 2018/19 plan:

  • 37 actions are reported complete since July 2017;
  • 44 actions are rated green;
  • 24 actions are rated amber;
  • 4 actions are rated red;
  • 6 actions are either not yet started or not RAG rated; and
  • 19 actions are not reported.


Flood Risk Reduction & Investment

Action 31: Develop and deliver a flood alleviation scheme for Mytholmroyd. Click here for more information on the scheme.

14 Yorkshire Water actions complete across the theme; three new ones added. These actions cover sewer flooding, drainage and flood attenuation.

Actions 20-21 complete: Evaluate and agree operational principles for using the Hebden group of reservoirs to reduce the risk of flooding. Action 22 reviewed: if beneficial and practicable, seek to agree programme for implementation of works.

Action 52: Calderdale Council successfully secured nearly £1 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) to boost local flood defence work in 2017. As part of this work, around 1,100 road gullies in Calderdale were repaired, replaced or upgraded.

Action 48: The draft Flood Risk and Drainage Supplementary Planning Guidance Document is currently under review. Visit the Calderdale Council website to view the document and submit your comments.

Action 49: Visit to view the SuDS (sustainable urban drainage systems) case studies.

Action 3: The flood risk asset register includes all potential flood defences, high risk culverts, watercourses, highway drains and other drainage assets, structures and locations. The public facing version can be found on the Calderdale Dataworks site.

Action 39 and 40: The Group A FRRS 2 schemes include EA-led flood risk management works at Shaw Wood Rd., Todmorden; Calderside, Hebden Bridge; Machpelah screen, Hebden Bridge and Copley Village, as well as CMBC-led schemes at  Rossendale View/Harvelin Park; Railes Close, Midgely and Cottonstones.

Natural Flood Management

Following a high level of interest and quality of applications to the pilot scheme, the second round of applications for the NFM landowner grant launched on Friday 16th November. Completed application documents need to be with Calderdale Council by 1st January 2019. Click here for more information and to apply.

Leeds University iCASP board approval given for catchment management research proposal and project starting January 2019. For more information, visit the iCASP website.

The National Trust consortium has secured Local Growth Fund 3 pot of £1.3 million from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority for 3 major projects including two in Calderdale at Hardcastle Crags and Gorpley.

Calderdale Council’s new permanent NFM officer will help deliver NFM throughout the area, help organisations to carry out suitable interventions, support funding applications and work with EA leads to develop Calderdale’s NFM grant scheme for landowners.

Action 89: Through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and the South Pennine Facilitation Fund, this action led by Natural England involved encouraging more farmers in specific areas to carry out and maintain natural flood management for the 2018 application year.

Action 73: The Clough Woodland Project Guiding Principles are being produced to support appropriate design of landscape scale native broadleaved woodland schemes and help gain consent from Natural England to ensure woodland creation does not have a detrimental impact on designated/protected areas across the South Pennine Moors National Character Area.


Community Resilience

Action 119: Target schools at high risk to raise awareness of flooding with students and staff to develop knowledge and skills and to keep safe during flooding.

Action 111: Link willing shops to the local flood hubs so they can be used in the event of a future flood, work to ensure coverage is robust and explore provision of other local amenities.

Action 121: Completion of Level 2 work of Strategic Flood Risk Assessments, to inform the Local Plan policies and land allocation.

Action 127: Support and, where needed, provide training to professional partners, including flood groups, on using social media to raise awareness of the risk of flooding, flood warnings and how to be better prepared for flooding.

Workshops and a survey have been undertaken to review Phase 1 changes to website and inform Phase 2 changes, for which a proposal is currently in development.

A two-part exercise was conducted in November 2018 to rehearse some of the actions that would be taken during and after a flood. Calderdale flood partners have now conducted five flood response and recovery exercises since the Boxing Day floods, resulting in more streamlined processes and improving preparedness for future incidents.

Action 128: Provide more online forecasts, including communicating the probabilities of flooding and flash flooding, measuring river levels and showing forecast river level up to 36 hours in advance.


Resilient Infrastructure

Action 95: Resilience work completed on power substations at Walton St 775, HX6 1AN and Lock Hill Mill 577, HX6 2LA.

Action 96: Design and delivery of scheme to manage railway-related flood risk (surface water) at three sites east of Luddendenfoot.

Action 104: Outstanding Calderdale flood recovery highways infrastructure work 97% complete. This includes work or repairs to damaged bridges, collapsed bridges, scour damage, inverts; landslips, and a culvert, a wall and drainage.

Action 107: Work completed on the identification and modelling of the impact of flooding and damage to critical assets such as silt traps, gullies and screens to inform inspections and maintenance.

6/7 Yorkshire Water actions complete across the theme covering works on reservoirs, dams and support structures.

Action 105: Investigations on landslips have involved finding information on landslips that have occurred in the past and investigating the possibility of them happening again.

Actions 93 and 94: Relocation of power substations from flood zones at Scout Road 864, HX7 5DU; Mayroyd Bridge 641, HX7 6AT; and Cheetham St 1827, HX7 8EJ.


Red-rated actions

Action 60 (Natural Flood Management): Carry out modelling to identify communities and properties where natural flood management measures could potentially reduce the risk of flooding.

This action has been held up due to a possible need for additional resourcing and the fact that it is already partly covered by work carried out to date, including modelling work carried out by Thomas Mackay and JBA. The Leeds University/iCASP project starting in January (see Natural Flood Management section, above) will also help deliver on this.

Work by the Environment Agency continues to investigate the potential for further work to collate and review all the existing relevant NFM modelling work and identify gaps.


Action 116 (Community Resilience): Carry out a questionniare to find out how many properties are still without flood risk insurance cover and promote Flood Re insurance scheme to qualifying households.

Time constraints and other priorities have prevented completion within the allocated timeframe so the work has been re-scheduled for early 2019.


Action 118 (Community Resilience): Establish and implement a communications and marketing plan around preparedness and behaviour change for the three target sectors of owner occupiers, private tenants and private landlords (and letting agents); with a specific focus on improving and updating content for the ‘Eye on Calderdale' website.  Messages also required on maintenance, servicing and repair of flood resistance works such as pumps, flood doors, barriers, air vent covers etc.

Due to difficulties in getting landlords to engage, time constraints and other priorities, this has not been completed within the allocated timeframe. In the meantime, messages have been included in the flood newsletter and on social media/exhibition panels as part of a local flood awareness campaign and flood exercise in November.

During the next period work will continue to identify appropriate communication channels to target landlords, then updated content will be finalised for Eye on Calderdale and the campaign developed and delivered.


Action 97 (Resilient Infrastructure): Develop programme and secure funding to improve the resilience of the main highway routes in Calderdale, in particular the A646 in the Upper Calder Valley. (Links to actions 31, 32 and 51)

The fact that the A646 is the main arterial route through the valley limits the available options. Opportunities are being explored including: developing more robust utility and highway infrastructure; developing MoU with train operating company (TOC) to offer increased services and incentives; new link road from A646 to New Road, Mytholmroyd; reviewing emergency diversion plan.