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‘At risk’ neighbours invited to become involved in project

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Residents in flood-hit areas will soon be able to benefit from help and support to protect their properties against further flooding, says Calderdale Council.

The council is leading a part funded Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs project working with residents to help to protect groups of properties against flooding by building flood resilience in Todmorden, Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. In all 150 properties at different locations along the valley have been chosen for this scheme. All are at high risk of river and/or canal flooding and residents have been contacted about getting involved in the project.

The residents of the pre-selected homes will be given the opportunity to take part in this project which aims to help manage and limit the potential risks to their homes and belongings, reduce damage and make it easier for residents to carry out home repairs if flooding happens again.

As part of the project, residents can have their properties surveyed by council housing officers, who will provide a report with suggestions for improving resilience and resistance to flooding. They will also receive practical support and access to financial assistance to carry out a range of property level flood protection measures. Residents will be encouraged to develop a flood plan for themselves and to consider vulnerable neighbours. Households that take part in this voluntary project will also receive emergency packs tailored to their individual needs.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “This is an opportunity for residents to access support to limit the risk of flooding to their homes and damage to their property. The project has been offered to homes in several different areas at risk of flooding. We would like as many owners as possible to take part in the scheme.”

 

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