Funding Secured for Flood Defenses in Mytholmroyd

A major £30 million flood scheme to protect homes and businesses in Mytholmroyd is a step closer thanks to a decision made on 25 July by the Calderdale Flood Partnership Board.

The Environment Agency announced today that the board has approved the allocation of funding for the scheme following detailed investigation work carried out by the EA to ensure the highest possible standard of flood protection for the village.

Now, the Environment Agency will apply for planning permission and construction is expected to commence in the autumn.

Following the flooding of December 2015, the Environment Agency has completed six new schemes, reducing flood risk to 500 homes as part of a £9 million recovery program across Calderdale. In Mytholmroyd, significant work to clear the channel, repair damaged walls and make safe damaged buildings has already been carried out.

As design work is finalized, the current options for the scheme include:

  • New, raised flood and improved walls;
  • The relocation of Caldene Bridge;
  • Widening of the river channel at key locations;
  • Strengthening and waterproofing of buildings next to the river.

The Environment Agency also announced that plans are for the scheme to be completed in phases and widening the river at Greenhill Industrial Estate will continue to be explored.

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