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Environment Agency draws up plans to cut flood risk

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.

“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.”

– Oliver Harmar, Environment Agency

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Flood insurance: MPs response

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has responded to the announcement of a new deal on flood insurance with insurers.

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.

– Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary,

Environment bosses visit flood hit Calder Valley

Devastating floods in Hebden Bridge last year Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Video: Further calls to provide flooding insurance

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.

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Affordable insurance on its way for flood risk areas

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.

– Defra spokesperson

One year since Calder Valley flooding

This weekend marks the first anniversary of the flash floods which devastated parts of the Calder valley.

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd were hit causing damage running into millions of pounds.

Hebden Bridge was hit by a second freak cloud burst just two weeks later.

Millions are being spent on improving flood defences but some campaigners are calling for even more action from the authorities.

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