Flooding

Innovative action plan gets funding to reduce the impact of flooding across West Yorkshire

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[ Excerpt from Calderdale News – FULL STORY ]

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Spearheaded by five local Lead Flood Authorities across the region, the West Yorkshire Flood Innovation Programme (FLIP) has just been achieved a successful bid for £160k local levy funding from the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to get it off the ground.

 

Learning from the programme will be shared across organisations to help others deliver similar projects successfully across the region, nationally and internationally.

The national Flood Action Campaign ‘Prepare. Act. Survive’ led by the Environment Agency kicks off with flood action week Monday 22 – Sunday 28 November.

It aims to raise awareness amongst property owners of the importance of preparing for and knowing what to do in a flood as this helps to significantly reduce the damages to homes and businesses and reduces risk to life. The ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ flood plan can help people to take precautions and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts of flooding in the future.

In England there are over 5 million homes and businesses at risk of flooding. The average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000.

You can read more about the plan in the press release here.

 

Live training exercise: Operation Calderdale 16

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Calderdale Council will be holding its biggest ever live training exercise across Calderdale on Friday 14 October 2016.

Operation Calderdale16 will test the emergency response of the Council, the emergency services and partners to a major flooding incident, including a live search and rescue.

Find out more online here or watch out for #OperationCdale16 on twitter.

Calderdale is back in business after Boxing Day floods

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Open-Businesses-Flooding-CalderdaleCalderdale businesses are bouncing back after the devastating Boxing Day floods and to make sure this message travels far and wide Calderdale Council is running a marketing campaign targeting tourists, visitors and the business community.

A poster campaign, with the headline ‘Adventure Awaits’ and using the distinctive ‘Pretty Gritty’ branding, has been running at the train stations in Todmorden, Halifax, Huddersfield and Leeds and at Manchester Airport, to catch the eye of regional and international travellers… read more…

Deadline removed for flooding grants

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Deadlines have now been removed for applications to Calderdale Council’s flood grants.

Timescales for both the £500 Hardship grant for homeowners and also for the business flood recovery grant for premises affected by the Boxing Day Floods have been removed.

This is in addition to the already deadline free Repair and Renew grant, meaning that all available grants for homes and businesses have no strict application dates… read more…

It’s easy to find out if you’re eligible and to apply, just visit www.calderdale.gov.uk and search for ‘Flood funding’ for an application form, or call 01422 288001.

If you are a business or a community group and your premises have been affected complete the grant application form on our website and email it tobusiness@calderdale.gov.uk.

If your home was affected please email your completed application form tofloodfundingteam@calderdale.gov.uk.

Services return to normal after flooding

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It’s now two months on from the devastating floods that hit Calderdale on Boxing Day, and communities are slowly beginning to return to normal, with many shops and businesses reopening.

Council services will also shortly return to normal as well. In affected areas parking charges were suspended and skip hire has been free of charge since the floods hit, but this period of relief is due to end on Tuesday 1 March 2016… read more…

For more information about recovery from flooding please click here, where you can also find information about upcoming flooding events and FAQs.

Don’t lose out on flood support grants

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There’s still time for flood affected residents and businesses to apply for financial support from Calderdale Council.

Since the floods, over 1000 households and over 500 businesses have received money from the Council, but there are still more people affected than have claimed… read more…

It’s easy to find out if you’re eligible and to apply, just visit www.calderdale.gov.uk and search for ‘Flood funding’ for an application form, or call 01422 288001.

Calderdale Flooding Roadshows

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These drop-in sessions are your opportunity to find out what the council and other organisations are doing to reduce the impact of flooding in the future, discuss future flood defence plans, share flood resilience information and receive details of grants available for people affected by
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Also practical demonstrations on how you can make your home or business more resilient to flooding on the following dates:

  • Thursday 11 February, 3pm to 7pm – Todmorden Town Hall
  • Saturday 13 February, 10am to 1pm – Hebden Bridge Town Hall
  • Tuesday 23 February, 3pm to 7pm – Christ church Sowerby Bridge
  • Saturday 27 February, 10am to 1pm – Calder High School, Mytholmroyd
  • Wednesday 2 March, 3pm to 7pm – Canon Winter Centre, Elland

For more information visit: www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/flooding

One month on from the Boxing Day floods

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A month after the unprecedented flooding on 26 December 2015, Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, talks about the damage and recovery work so far.

“The Boxing Day floods caused devastation across Calderdale. The impacts are extensive and widespread, and will be felt for a long time to come. Amongst those affected include an estimated 2,781 homes and 1,635 businesses, communities, the local economy, a number of schools, bridges, roads, library and visitor facilities and GP surgeries.

“Throughout this really difficult time, Calderdale’s amazing community spirit continues to shine through. I’m so impressed with how volunteers, community groups, businesses, the Council and other organisations are working relentlessly and pulling together to get the borough back on its feet. I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.

“Since Boxing Day we have paid out 1,082 grants to households at a cost of £541,000; approved business grants worth over £1 million in total; inspected well over 100 bridges to make sure they’re safe to travel on and to assess any damage; bought 160 dehumidifiers for residents and businesses to use; spent more than 3000 hours removing debris and collected over 320 tonnes of waste.

“The total cost to the Council will not be known for some time, but from initial estimates it’s likely to exceed £50 million. To help us cover this amid already decreasing budgets, and to make sure residents and businesses can return to normal as soon as possible, we continue to seek further support from the government and the Leeds City Region.”

For more information on the flood recovery and support available, please visit www.calderdale.gov.uk

Storm Eva Flood Relief Appeals: Government Match Funding – Deadline Extended

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Registered charities in areas affected by Storm Eva now have until Friday 5 February 2016 to apply for match funding to be used towards flood relief efforts.

Any registered charity currently running a fundraising appeal to help communities affected by the storm can apply to the match funding scheme administered by the DCLG.

As part of its commitment to supporting those in England who have been worst affected by the two winter storms, the Government has agreed to provide £2 million in match funding to charities that have already begun fundraising activities to support flood victims. The money will go towards the recovery costs involved in restoring affected areas and communities as quickly as possible.

Donations eligible for match funding are:

  • Individual donations.
  • Community group donations.
  • Trust fund donations.
  • Philanthropic organisations (eg rotary clubs).
  • Corporate donations.

Gift Aid elements of donations are not eligible for match funding, and any funding paid is to be restricted and used by the charity in line with their appeal to help support the response to Storm Eva.

To apply, please complete an expression of interest form and follow the instructions set out on page 5 of the Storm Eva flood relief appeals: government match-funding prospectus.

Please note – The last date by which Expressions of Interest will be accepted is by midnight on Friday 5 February 2016 via email.