£30 million flood prevention scheme works underway in Yorkshire.

floodThe Environment Agency has submitted plans seeking permission for a series of flood defences to alleviate flooding around the Yorkshire village of Mytholmroyd, expected to cost approximately £30 million, as part of a wider plan to prevent flooding in the surrounding area.

The submission follows the publication of an action plan, commissioned by the Environment Secretary last year, following flooding in the area in 2015. Caused by extreme rainfall in the Upper Calder Valley, around 370 properties in the village were affected. Since then, the Environment Agency has been working with Calderdale Council to draw up plans to reduce the risk of flooding across the region.

This particular phase for the works is expected to include new, raised or improved walls, widening of the River Calder at key points, strengthening and waterproofing properties next to the river and the relocation of the Caldene Bridge. These works follows current demolition works to properties in the village to prevent further collapse should the river flood again; in addition to works to clear river channels, repair wall and make safe damaged buildings.

Six schemes have already been completed in the Calder Valley to help reduce flood risk to approximately 500 homes across Calderdale. It is hoped that construction will commence in November, under a joint venture by VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins; with more plans to be submitted in the near future in order to extend the flood alleviation scheme to other nearby locations, including the possibility of widening the river at an industrial estate just outside the village.