£3 million flood programme and grant help

Damage to the road and garden of a property at the junction of Melbourne Road and Kershaw Road, Walsden
Damage to the road and garden of a property at the junction of Melbourne Road and Kershaw Road, Walsden

Almost 30 householders have been helped by the Community Foundation for Calderdale in the aftermath of the flooding in July, and a £3 million programme to reduce the impact of upper Calder Valley flooding will begin this autumn.

Following devastating floods in the past year, Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency have started to draw up plans to improve defences at more than 20 locations.

Strengthening of defences at Jumble Hole Clough and Woodland View at Eastwood will start before the end of the year and other locations where designs are being developed include Walsden, which was badly hit by flash flooding at the end of last month and Dobroyd Clough at Todmorden.

Flooding hotspots on the main A646 road through the Upper Calder Valley will also be targeted.

The Environment Agency has completed inspections along Walsden Water to assess damage caused by the flash flood on July 29 when 17 millimetres of intense rain fell in just 15 minutes. The EA is also looking at what else will need to be done to strengthen defences in the area.

Calderdale Council has commissioned a study to investigate solutions to the flooding that took place at Kershaw Road - destroyed in the July flood - and Clough Road in Walsden.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins said: “Although Clough Road isn’t an adopted highway, we have cleared away uplifted tarmac and brought in stone to give temporary access from the railway along Clough Road to Kershaw Road. The study to investigate solutions will determine the extent of future works required.”

After the July flooding local independent charity the CFFC opened a flood fund for residence to apply to by visiting the Customer First point at Todmorden Community College in Burnley Road.

Emma Woods-Bolger of CFFC said: “As soon as the flooding became apparent we opened the fund, we knew from last year that residents of Todmorden would have been hit hard.

“The fund was one way we could help the community we are here to serve.”

The foundation has helped almost 30 households, contributing over £5,000 in both Flood Relief Grants to assist residents to replace items lost such as flooring or white goods, and resilience grants for residents who would not otherwise be able to afford any flood protection or flood resilience measures.

The grant allows them to purchase equipment such as flood-boards or dry storage “sand bags”, or to make alterations to their properties to make it easier to recover from floods in the future.

The form for this grant can be found on the home page of the website www.cffc.co.uk

As part of the resilience grant offer, low income owner-occupiers can also request an independent survey from Calderdale Council’s Home Improvement Service.

The charity last year invested in dehumidifiers for flood victims and as well as cleaning materials and flood kits these were once again accessed this year when residents were left facing a major clean up after a cloudburst and torrential rain, she said.

To find out about help the CFFC can give, or to apply for the resilience grant, log on to www.cffc.co.uk, follow it on twitter @CalderdaleFound or www.facebook.com/communityfoundationcalderdale