Helping better preparation for flooding

Todmorden Flood Group open day at Central Methodist Church, Todmorden. From the left, secretary Mike Watts, chairman Sarah-Jayne Robins, mayor Michael Gill, Mark Anderton, councillor Steve Sweeney, Hannah Tankard from the National Flood Forum, Ken Davies and Jae Campbell from Calderdale Council.
Todmorden Flood Group open day at Central Methodist Church, Todmorden. From the left, secretary Mike Watts, chairman Sarah-Jayne Robins, mayor Michael Gill, Mark Anderton, councillor Steve Sweeney, Hannah Tankard from the National Flood Forum, Ken Davies and Jae Campbell from Calderdale Council.

Todmorden Flood Group marked its first annual meeting with a successful open event at Central Methodist Church, Todmorden, last Saturday.

A meet-and-greet stall the Thursday prior had also proved popular, both events allowing people to take up a more active role with the group or just find out more about its aims.

It was formed in the aftermath of the devastating Calder Valley floods of 2012 and set up to work for the benefit of residents and business owners in and around the town who are at risk of flooding.

Working closely with the Environment Agency, Todmorden Town Council, Calderdale Council, Yorkshire Water, the Canal and Rivers Trust and local voluntary groups, the TFG aims to promote improved flood protection and raise awareness of how people can be better prepared for flooding.

The group has obtained two flood containers which will be stocked with tools and equipment which will help householders and businesses to prepare for - and recover after - a flood event.

The first container is already in place at Tipside and another will shortly be installed near Shade School.

Both containers will be fully stocked by the end of May, after which the Todmorden Flood Group will undertake a publicity campaign to explain how the community can access the contents.

Chair Sarah-Jayne Robins said: “The event went well and we had some new faces attending and a full agenda.

“Our meetings are now going to be quarterly and we are also going to be taking more stalls to give advice and meet people at events like Todmorden Carnival and Todmorden Agricultural Show.

“The stall on the Thursday market also went really well,” she said.

The next meeting of the group will be on March 26 at Todmorden Community Resource Centre, off Halifax Road, from 7pm to 9pm.

Anyone interested in joining the Todmorden Flood Group, or who wants more information about its activities, can email the group at todmordenfloodgroup@gmail.com.