Calderdale floods fund tops £115,000

Flooding in the Calder Valley

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.