10 Aug

Zoom up to talk about urgent repairs to help reduce the risk of flooding in Todmorden

A virtual public meeting is being held to explain long-term plans to significantly reduce the risk of flooding for properties near Shade Chapel in Todmorden

Emergency repairs have recently been made to stabilise the partially collapsed culvert on Walsden Water which was likely to cause flooding in the area.

The Environment Agency employed contractors BAM Nuttall to carry out temporary works which included propping up the culvert and preventing the watercourse from becoming blocked.

They have repaired significant damage caused by the recent flooding events that affected the culvert bed, walls and support beams beneath Shade Chapel. Water is now flowing unrestricted through the culvert and routine inspections will continue to be made.

However the damage to the building is extensive and a long-term solution is needed to ensure the safety of the culvert.

Officers from the Environment Agency, BAM Nuttall and Calderdale Council will be hosting a public meeting using zoom facilities to explain their plans for the site and answer any questions. It will be held on Thursday 13 August, 6 – 7pm.

Jo Arnold, senior flood and coast risk management officer in Calderdale, with the Environment Agency, said: “We would encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more about plans for flood resilience work near Shade Chapel to join our meeting.

“Due to social distancing restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic we need to hold this meeting virtually. Residents can discuss any concerns directly with our project team, ask any questions and give their views.

“We have produced newsletters to make sure the local community is kept up to date about our work and will continue to do so.”   

Details for joining the meeting are:-

Meeting ID: 820 0984 7892

Passcode: 782690

If anyone has questions they would like to submit beforehand or if they would like to sign up for updates, contact the project team by emailing FRRS2@environment-agency.gov.uk.  

Plans to demolish Shade Chapel and open up this section of the culvert have now been submitted to Calderdale Council.  

To keep up to date with news about this work visit www.eyeoncalderdale.com, and follow @EnvAgencyYNE on Twitter.