A campaigner who commissioned an independent report into the Calder Valley floods says it shows more needs to be done to prevent floods.
More than a fifth of businesses are still closed after devastating summer floods in the Calder Valley.
Two concerts are being held for the victims of the Calder Valley floods.
The Environment Agency has been investigating after residents in the Calder Valley noticed the water in the River Calder had turned orange. Some residents had voiced concerns about chemicals, but the Environment Agency believes this to be a natural occurrence instead.
A spokesperson said:
“We have identified the discoloured water as coming from an old coal mine in the hills above Portsmouth, in Calderdale.
“Drainage shafts associated with old mines are known to occasionally release water that is high in iron content, leaving the water a bright orange, or rusty colour. This happens infrequently and is not considered to pose a significant environmental problem, apart from the odd, bright colour.
"The river usually clears itself of the discolouration within a couple of days."
If you received plenty of Christmas cards this year then spare a thought for eighty two year old Enid Sugden from the village of Sowerby in the Calder Valley. She's had no post at home for more than a year after a dispute over a slippery footpath with Royal Mail. Chris Kiddey reports.
The Environment Agency is drawing up plans for flood reduction measures in the Upper Calder Valley. £3 million is to be spent in the autumn on works which will last two years to avoid scenes like in Walsden last month.
– Oliver Harmar, Environment Agency
“The Environment Agency and Calderdale Council are working together with local flood groups and other organisations to develop affordable and technically feasible solutions to deal with flooding from all sources. We are drawing up detailed designs for a variety of flood alleviation measures across the Calder Valley. Local knowledge and the feedback we have received from the Calder Valley communities worst affected by flooding means we can target specific locations where the money spent will have the greatest benefit.”
See the full report (above) from our correspondent, Chris Kiddey, sent from the Calder Valley.
The Canal & River Trust are urging boaters on the Rochdale Canal through the Calder Valley to conserve water supplies in the hot weather. Water levels have dropped on some stretches of the waterway because of the extreme heat and lack of rain.
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has responded to the announcement of a new deal on flood insurance with insurers.
– Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary,
People in areas of high flood risk are being hit now with higher insurance premiums and excesses because incompetent Ministers have failed over the last three years to get a deal with the insurance industry. The process announced today is fraught with difficulties and may not be completed by the time of the next election. The Government’s proposals raise serious questions about how much all householders will pay into the Flood Re scheme, the affordability of flood insurance and who picks up the bill in the event of a catastrophic flood.
Environment bosses are visiting parts of the Calder Valley today to see how town's and villages are recovering from last summer's floods. It's hoped the trip will help the council plan for heavy downpours in the future.
On the eve of the first annivearsary of the devastating floods in the Calder Valley an urgent call is being made to ensure those in flood hit areas can get insurance.
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh - the Shadow Environment Secretary - says the Government must reach an agreement soon with the insurance industry before time runs out.
Hundreds of homes and businesses were devasated by last summers flash floods. Some insurance premiums have soared - so have the excess clauses on some policies. Chris Kiddey reports.
– Defra spokesperson
Negotiations are at an advanced stage. It’s good that the ABI (Association of British Insurers) is standing by the Statement of Principles for a further month and we hope to resolve the remaining issues soon.
Both the Government and the industry are working hard on an agreement to secure affordable insurance for people at risk of flooding.
It's a year since flash floods devastated parts of the Calder Valley. Hundreds of homes and businesses were swamped causing millions of pounds of damage. Chris Kiddey's been back to Hebden Bridge twelve months on.