Todmorden now has five times more protection against flooding after completion of the £13m third phase of a major construction scheme.
Last week the Environment Agency (EA) and contractors Volker Stevin announced the completion of phase three of the Todmorden flood alleviation scheme, which has seen significant engineering work carried out at several key sites around the town over the past two-and-a-half years.
Culmination of the work means Todmorden is now protected against a one in 25 year flood, compared to a one in five year event before the project began.
Mark Tupman, EA project manager, said: “The figures speak volumes.
“As a team we are very proud of what we have delivered in Todmorden.”
Phase three of the scheme has seen improvements to the culverts under Todmorden Market Hall and on Water Street, construction of a flood wall along Rochdale Road in Shade and major re-modelling of the area surrounding Morrisons.
The work has already started to prove its worth, with the new structures helping to reduce the impact of the flash flooding back in July.
Alan Whittaker, EA communications manager, said: “We can’t guarantee that there will never be any flooding, but the frequency of the event and the severity of it is certainly lower than it was three years ago.
“Would it not have been for the differences that we have put in place, the effect on Todmorden in the summer would have been more significant.
“It’s certainly proving itself.”
Phase three has been so successful that it is being used as a national example of good practice.
“We were always keen to build relationships and leave a legacy in Todmorden,” Alan said.
“It’s been a team effort by Volker Stevin, the Environment Agency, the community and Calderdale Council and I think that’s why it has been so successful.”
Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “I think this has been a brilliant piece of work and it’s congratulations to everybody involved.
“As a result of this, Todmorden will be safer and it will ensure its prosperity for years to come.”