Calderdale floods fund tops £115,000

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More than 500 homes and businesses were affected by floods which hit Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd in June. A second deluge hit the valley on 9 July leaving some parts under 3ft of water.

Now a fund set up to help those affected has raised £115,000. The Community Foundation for Calderdale says the Upper Valley Flood Fund has already given more than £38,000 in grants and cleaning equipment.

There have been some complaints that not enough has been done to keep drains and watercourses clear of debris - exacerbating the flooding. Local people will have the chance to speak to officials at meetings in the next few days.

The Environment Agency is holding drop-in sessions on Monday 23 July, at Mytholmroyd St Michaels Church car park and Tuesday 24 July, at Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre car park.

We would urge anyone who was recently flooded or are worried about flooding to visit the team in Calderdale. People from different organisations will be available to talk to, and to offer advice and support for people who have been flooded. There will also be information on how people can help protect themselves in the future. We can never prevent flooding altogether but there are steps that people can take to protect their property and families.

– Area flood resilience team leader Jonathan Moxon