Residents and businesses in the upper Calder Valley will see the start of a £3 million programme to reduce the impact of flooding this autumn.
Folllowing devastating floods inHebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd in the past year, Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency have started to draw up plans to improve defences at more than 20 locations across the valley.
One of the first areas to be targeted as part of the two-year minor works programme will be Mytholmroyd, where vegetation in the river channel will be cleared.
Strengthening of defences at Jumble Hole Clough and Woodland View at Eastwood will also start before the end of the year.
Other locations where designs are being developed include Walsden, which was badly hit by flash flooding at the end of last month, Dobroyd Clough at Todmorden and Erringden Hillside at Hebden Bridge.
Flooding hotspots on the main A646 road through the upper Calder Valley will also be targeted.
The Environment Agency has completed inspections along Walsden Water to assess damage caused by the flash flood on July 29 when 17 millimetres of intense rain fell in just 15 minutes. The EA is also looking at what else will need to be done to strengthen defences in the area.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Coun Barry Collins said: “It’s really important that residents and businesses know what to do to prepare for future flooding and what to do after a flood.
“The council and the Environment Agency have useful information, advice and guidance on their websites.”
Last year homes and businesses in the upper valley were devastated by a series of floods. The first, when hours of teeming rain fell overnight on Friday, June 22, was followed by a flash flood on Monday, July 9, when mud and debris was brought down from the hillsides. In August residents in Charlestown, Blackshaw Head and Colden were hit by another flash flood.