Questions

Title Question / Comment Category Name Date Location
Never flooded before!
We have always been aware of the Calder and were not complacent. We have never been flooded before. 3 years ago the river came onto the back garden but was well short of our bungalow. On Boxing Day 2015 we had an Environment Agency warning at 4:30 am. We went to the bottom of the back garden to assess the situation. The Calder flows about 8 or 9 feet below the edge of our rear garden. At this time it was about 3 feet below the rim. I must stress that this is about normal following so much rain over a long period. At 6 am I checked again. The Calder had not risen in that 90 minutes. At 8 am a neighbour knocked on our door. He said that we needed to move our cars. I told him that the river was not even on the garden. He said that it was coming from the canal and that Tillotson Holme was covered with flood water and rising. A few weeks ago I had placed sandbags along the bottom of my garden just to give the river a bit more to get over. These sandbags were now blocking the water from the canal which trying to flow into the river down our garden. The river was still a couple of feet below the garden rim. After taking our cars onto Station Road, on return the water was pouring through the canal bank retaining wall at a fair rate in several points. We made sure all our neighbours were alerted [ it was Boxing Day morning!]. We packed what we could carry in large bags and set off walking and paddling on Tillotson Holme. The water was entering our homes now. This was before 10 am. Our neighbours behind the Brandy Wine pub were trying to build a dam across the tow path to stop the canal water running down into their homes. They too had perceived that any threat would come from the River Calder at the rear of their homes. Our homes were flooded to a height of over 2 feet. We drove to our son's house at Friendly where a shower and dry clothing were very welcome. After a couple of weeks we eventually secured a rented house in Friendly. I do not offer solutions. There are plenty of experts including the Environment Agency chap who told us that the river level readings that morning at Luddenden Foot were "insignificant." We have been told that "someone" in an attempt to prevent their units being inundated opened the sluice gates on the Brearley Lock. The next lock is Tuel Lock at Sowerby Bridge. Water was pouring over the top of Tuel Lock gates not long after this. The main road through S/Bridge was flooded in front of Post Office and Jones TV shop. It does not usually flood there! Regarding solutions: why do we not allow the Calder to flood the playing fields at Brearley. It currently tries to but only a small amount of water which we do nothing about pumping back into river after the emergency is over. I think that the water could also be allowed to flood Holmes Park at Hebden Bridge and be pumped back later. This would not cost £26 000 000 and the public would see something tangible being done rather than promises of grandiose schemes.
John
Armitage
14/02/16
Savile Road, Mytholm
I have been asked to describe how the flooding affected Savile Road. I live about half way up the hill so not at risk from the river but water pouring down the hills and through the woods here filled the yard behind a house a few doors from me and may well have entered the house if neighbours hadn't managed to divert the flow. I was away until the 27th but am told a river was running ankle deep down Savile Road on Boxing Day. It was still pretty bad on the 27th and water continues to pour down the hill through the woods, having found new routes through the woods and over the wall. We had a precursor of these events on 15 Nov 2015, a day when flooding closed both the A646 and the railway line between Tod and HB. In Savile road we had water pouring over the walls and down the road in a way I don't recall having seen before in the 25 years I have lived here. I have a video taken on 15 Nov showing water running down Savile Road that day and another taken on 12 Feb showing the various streams down which water continues to flow through the woods and over the wall into road. Unfortunately the system won't allow me to attach them. Wrong suffix apparently and I don't know what to do about that.
Myra
James
14/02/16
Funding for Landlords
Why don't landlords qualify for funding to re-open their businesses? Tenants qualify for this but what happens if the tenants have had to move out of the property due to the damage caused to the property? Who is going to give support to the landlord to re-open their business? Landlords are business owners too but seem to slip through the net in terms of funding other than the flood resilience fund.
Stella
Jackson
14/02/16
The Canal, Drains and Basements
The height of the canal in the centre of Hebden Bridge is creating a dam-like effect. This serves to keeps flood water in the centre of Hebden Bridge and does not allow it to drain away across Calder Homes back into the River Calder. One suggestion might be to create a large drain or underpass beneath the canal to take waters away from the centre. Additionally, the drains around the town need to be kept unblocked. And, it's important to consider how to prevent flooding in premises with basements that are prone to flooding as no amount of protection at service level will prevent ingress from below through the basement.
Stella
Jackson
14/02/16
widening of river
Next to Mayroyd Mill is a section of land. It adjoins the river and is 1/3 mile to 1/2 mile long and 100 yards wide. It is between the river and the canal. If this land was acquired it could be used to widen the river by up to 50 yards over a 1/3 mile. It occurs to me that this would likely have mitigated if not prevented entirely the damage to Mytholmroyd. As the land was under 8feet of water on boxing day there is (hopefully - although in light of the Hebden Bridge little Park debacle - who knows?) no chance of the owners being granted planning permission to develop it - therefore - it could be bought cheaply. The residents of mayroyd mill (myself amongst them) may even contribute towards the cost of compulsory purchase. This would be an easy and immediate "win" and doesn't need to wait 10 months for the EA catchment wide plan to be developed.
paul
scully
14/02/16
Welcome to this website
Welcome to caldervalleyfloods.org.uk This is your opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the causes and solutions of flooding in the Calder catchment. You can also have a discussion, by commenting on existing posts, which you can search by category. If you’d like to suggest any improvements to this site please do by contacting us. Giving your views here will, we hope, inform the thinking of the Calderdale Floods Commission, but please do also participate in its working.
Anthony
Rae
12/02/16
Mitigation
What can we do during repairs to mitigate against a second wave of damage
Pete
Pitfield
10/02/16
Flood defence plan
What are the necessary elements of the flood defence plan?
Pete
Pitfield
10/02/16
SUDs
Are SUDS required in order to achieve planning consent?
Pete
Pitfield
10/02/16
Workers on flood defence works
Are there plans to use displaced labour in flood defence works?
Pete
Pitfield
10/02/16
Upland management
We have to slow the water coming off the tops. It's no use trying to build higher and higher barriers. Climate is changing and flooding is happening more frequently
Sally
Hayes
10/02/16
Could canal have been managed better
Canal and River Trust noticeable b y their absence. Could the sluice gates have been opened all the way down to Mirfield? Could C&R Trust have managed this?
John
Armitage
10/02/16
How do we get the funding?
Bearing in mind Cameron previously said money was no object, what is the best way to lobby for the money needed?
Carol
Machell
10/02/16
Uplands and hillsides
Flash flooding from Midgeley Moor onto Billy Land and Heights Rd, washing away tracks to farms etc. Can this water be collected before it reaches valley bottom? Bogs need to be restored. Drain becks?
Rachel
Loise
10/02/16
Experience at Pickering
I visited Pickering and have contacts there and with people in the Forestry Commission
Judi
C
10/02/16
Working together
How are the agencies working together and how can individuals with expertise help. Decision made in council meetings are not public
Judi
C
10/02/16
Politics
The speakers at the meeting all shied away from politics. Thank goodness for Dongria (Source Project)
Sue
Turner
10/02/16
Why did the canal overflow
Why did the canal turn into a river and in some places the bank gave way revealing optic fibre cables
Geoff
Tansey
10/02/16
How to slow the flow?
What can be done to slow the flow of streams, including unblocking culverts?
Geoff
Tansey
10/02/16
Our MP
What is Craig Whittaker doing re- flood prevention and re- relief and recovery?
Jenny
Greenwood
07/02/16

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