Calderdale Flood Action Plan

Our Flood Action Plan sets out the actions that we will take to recover from past floods, reduce the impact of flooding and build resilience for future events.

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The Plan was originally published in October 2016 but is a ‘living document’ that has been updated several times to reflect completed, revised and new actions. It is monitored and updated by the Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Programme Board.

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What are the key areas covered in the Plan?

The Plan sets out a programme of work that will help our area to recover from the floods, improve resilience and reduce the risk of flooding. It focuses on four key areas:

  • Strengthening defences – projects and schemes to reduce flooding from rivers and surface water.
  • Natural flood management - managing the landscape to slow down the flow of water.
  • Resilient infrastructure – strengthening our infrastructure - such as sewer systems, electricity substations and transport routes - to ensure it can cope with future floods.
  • Community resilience - Working with the community to help them to prepare for and recover from flooding.

Each area is overseen by an operations groups.

To find out more take a look at our Flood Action Plan overview document.


What progress has been made since the Plan was developed?

The Flood Action Plan turned five years old in 2021 and work has come a long way since it was created. Download our key achievements infographic below. It is by no means exhaustive but highlights some of our key areas of progress.


Download here

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How was the Plan developed?

The Flood Action Plan has been put together after consultation with the community and partners including statutory organisations, private business and many community and voluntary organisations.

Most of the original actions were gathered through workshops, drop-in sessions and meetings, and these have continued to develop and be shaped by the work as it has progressed.

Ongoing community input

As we deliver and complete more of the actions in the Flood Action Plan we also want to ensure that any new proposals to improve Calderdale flood resilience are still considered.

Our four operations groups meet on a regular basis discuss any new actions/ ideas brought to the table. If you would like to make a suggestion or have an idea which you or your community think would support flood resilience in Calderdale please drop us an email at:

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