More work to tackle floods

Halifax Courier - - News -

TOD­MOR­DEN is one of 77 lo­ca­tions na­tion­ally in need of of sur­face wa­ter man­age­ment plans, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs.

Cur­rently, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency is spend­ing mil­lions on a flood al­le­vi­a­tion scheme by man­ag­ing the risk of flood­ing from Wals­den Wa­ter. That in­cludes strength­en­ing cul­verts which take wa­ter through the town cen­tre.

Work al­ready com- pleted in­cludes the build­ing of new de­fences along the banks of the River Calder and us­ing Cen­tre Vale Park to store fu­ture flood wa­ter.

Calderdale Coun­cil is fi­nal­is­ing a draft pre­lim­i­nary flood risk as­sess­ment for the district. Un­der reg­u­la­tions it has to sub­mit the plan to the En­vi­ron­ment Agency by June 22.

Al­though, no na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant flood risk ar­eas have been iden­ti­fied within Cal- derdale the au­thor­ity is re­quired to pro­duce a lo­cal flood risk man­age­ment strat­egy.

R e c o m m e n d a t i o n s put for­ward in­clude study­ing river and sur­face wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture; risks posed by the sewer net­work; and com­pil­ing a data­base of events to help man­age­ment.

Large “one off” rain­fall events have caused sur­face wa­ter flood­ing in Tod­mor­den and else­where in Calderdale.

The 1982 flood at Corn­holme, Tod­mor- den, caused ex­ten­sive dam­age when main river cul­verts were un­able to trans­mit in­creased flows of wa­ter.

The 1989 flood over Lud­den­den and Wain­stalls caused se­vere dam­age to prop­er­ties and the re­cov­ery took six months.

The 2000 flood­ing caused wide­spread dam­age na­tion­ally and Calderdale didn’t es­cape the ef­fects.

Reg­u­lar flood­ing has also af­fected the A646 in the Up­per Calder Val­ley.

Flashback: Hal­i­fax Road, Tod­mor­den last Oc­to­ber

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