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Action plan released to combat floods in Calderdale

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Measures to protect homes and businesses in Calderdale from flooding have been announced today.

The Calderdale Flood Action Plan sets out how more than £50million will be spent to guard 1,600 homes and businesses against future incidents as well as long-term strategies to manage rivers and land to reduce the risk.

It includes flood alleviation measures for Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, repairs to flood defences and the removal of debris and steps to protect the wider area.

The plan follows the devastating floods last December, which affected large areas of West and North Yorkshire.

Across Calderdale around 3,500 homes and businesses were affected, along with schools, bridges, substations, sewage treatment works and other infrastructure.

Floods minister Thérèse Coffey said: "This plan, backed by £50 million of government funding, will see the region's flood defences noticeably bolstered."

Once the actions in the plan are completed, more than 1,600 homes and businesses will be better protected from flooding.

Calderdale is a great example to communities across England of how the best plans are laid when all those involved come together to find a way forward that works for everyone.

– Floods minister Thérèse Coffey

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