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Calderdale Council Warns Residents To Prepare For Flooding

The local authority has labelled last week's heavy rain a 'near miss' for the borough.

Calderdale people are being reminded to stay prepared for future flooding, to ensure they can protect themselves and their property.

Last Thursday (7/11), prolonged heavy rain caused surface water issues across the borough and the closure of the A646 at Callis Bridge.

It was a near miss for Calderdale – fortunately there were no reports of flooded properties, other than some cellar issues. However, local residents and businesses are urged to do everything they can to prepare.

Mark Thompson, Director for Regeneration and Strategy, said:

“The severe flooding in areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire is a sobering reminder of the devastating impacts that heavy rain can have in a short space of time.

“Although the Council, the Environment Agency, other organisations and communities are working hard to reduce flood risk, there’s only so much they can do to protect Calderdale from weather events of this scale.

“Small actions by individuals can go a long way towards limiting the damage caused by flooding, so local people are encouraged to take action now to protect their property and support community efforts in their local area.”

Calderdale Council have made the following recommendations to help prepare for flooding:

  • Check your flood risk and sign up for free flood warnings  to provide a prompt for action in the event of possible flooding from the river.
  • Flash flooding is more difficult to predict, but you can sign up to the Met Office’s weather warning service and check with your local flood group to get a better understanding of your local risk.
  • Keep an up-to-date flood plan and practise it regularly. This can help reduce the damage caused by flooding in the short-term. The plan should include a trigger for action, steps to take and a list of essential items to have to hand when it floods. Templates are available showing some of the information you could include: www.gov.uk/prepare-for-flooding/future-flooding.
  • Keep up to date with the latest situation by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by following @EnvAgencyYNE, @Calderdale, @metofficeYorks and @metoffice on twitter.
  • Be aware that the Council does not provide sandbags to individuals during a flood. They are rarely the best solution for keeping floodwater out of properties. There are other products that are more effective, easier to use, reusable, and will not rot in storage.
  • A combination of flood resistance measures (including barriers, drain sealers and anti-flood air bricks) and resilience measures (such as sump pumps, raised electrics and water-resistant building materials) are the best way to protect your property and minimise recovery costs. Specialist surveyors and the National Flood Forum can advise on options.
  • Flood Re may be able to help homeowners in flood risk areas to find affordable insurance. Those who do not fit into this category are advised to contact an insurance broker for help.

More information on preparing for, dealing with and recovering from flooding can be found at www.eyeoncalderdale.com.

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