New phases of works to begin

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Work on the first phase of new flood resilience schemes to improve protection to more than 450 properties in the Upper Calder Valley is set to start.

The Environment Agency is working with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Yorkshire Water and the Canal and River Trust to deliver a series of projects that will reduce the risk of flooding from surface water and river flooding.

At Shop Lock in Todmorden, work will be undertaken to prevent water from Rochdale Canal from flooding the car park and surrounding properties at Lever Street.

The Rochdale and Bacup Road areas of Todmorden will be protected from hill run-off through improvements to culverts and gullies that convey the water from tributary streams into Midgelden Brook.

At Pin Hill Lane in Midgley, new surface water drainage will be installed to direct flows into a new flood storage area in Lane Ends fields, protecting properties on Solomon Hill, Duke Street and Railes Close.

And the Nutclough area of Hebden Bridge will be better protected by the construction of a new screen and overflow in the lower reservoir as well as collector drains in Nutclough Road and Keighley Road. This will protect properties on Keighley Road, Bridge Gate and St George’s Square.

James Walton, project manager at the EA, said: “Whilst we will never be able to completely remove the risk of flooding, we are committed to developing solutions that will provide an improved level of protection to as many properties as possible. We are gearing up over the next few weeks to enable us to start construction at the various sites.”