The Calderdale Flood Action Plan is six years old this October and to acknowledge this important milestone, Calderdale Council and its partners are reflecting on progress since 2016 during the upcoming resilience-themed Vision2024 social media takeover week.
The plan was created following the floods of Boxing Day 2015. It sets out the actions to support recovery from past floods, reduce the impact of flooding and build resilience for future events.
Major accomplishments include the completion of the Mytholmroyd flood alleviation scheme, the creation of hundreds of natural flood management measures in partnership with local groups; the relocation of vulnerable infrastructure, such as electricity substations; and ongoing support for local volunteer flood wardens.
The last 12 months have seen further actions completed, including:
- The launch of the Climate Action Plan draft and consultation, outlining Calderdale’s steps towards a zero-carbon future.
- Redevelopment of the Eye on Calderdale website, to better support residents and businesses by providing comprehensive information about flooding, including real-time detail and access to flood warnings and alerts, as well as river level data.
- The launch of additional rounds of the landowner grants scheme, supporting the installation of natural flood management measures.
- Supporting countryside volunteers as part of the sphagnum moss project which aims to help protect and restore moorland by studying various methods of growing sphagnum moss.