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Floods minister visits Mytholmroyd

Village was devasted

The floods minister Thérèse Coffey is in the West Yorkshire village of Mytholmroyd today to see design options for a new £15 million flood alleviation scheme.

It's hoped it will prevent a repeat of the flooding that struck the area in 2015 and give better protection to nearly 400 homes and businesses.

This is part of the £50 million the government is investing to provide better flood protection to 1,600 properties across Calderdale by 2021.

Mytholmroyd's defences will be bolstered by a separate scheme a short distance upstream in Hebden Bridge, which is due to start construction later this year.

Swollen River Calder floods Burnley Road

Calderdale's flood defences are already being boosted by a number of natural flood management projects, such as tree planting and using land to store water, and further slow-the-flow initiatives are being considered through the Calderdale Action Plan.

Three army battalions have also undergone extensive floods training, with up to 1,200 soldiers on 24-hour standby and ready to move quickly across the country, if they are needed.

The memories of last winter's floods won't soon be forgotten, but I want to reassure the communities across Calderdale that we are investing to better protect your homes, businesses and families.

Plans on display in Mytholmroyd show how the Environment Agency, local councils and communities are working closely together to ensure better flood protection is in place.

– Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey
Mytholmroyd under water

We are working closely with communities to make sure we spend this money where it will most help the people of Calderdale. As part of our plans, we are looking at the whole catchment and investigating a range of options including natural flood management and more traditional measures such as flood walls to help protect Calderdale against the effects of flooding.

Calderdale is already better protected in the event of future flooding and the Environment Agency is also better equipped for an incident.

– Adrian Gill, area flood risk manager, Environment Agency