On 26th December 2015, Calderdale experienced an unprecedented flooding event. Local communities, volunteers, local and regional public services played a major part in responding. The scale of the event was overwhelming and the response was impacted by similar flooding events across the Yorkshire and Lancashire regions.
Calderdale Flood Action Plan
The Calderdale Flood Action Plan sets out short-term actions that will see over 1,600 homes and businesses in the area better protected. This is as well as longer-term strategies that will see local organisations and communities work together to develop better ways of managing rivers and the land.
To see the latest progress on actions in the Calderdale flood action plan, visit: Quarterly Reporting on Calderdale Flood Action Plan (Eye on Calderdale website).
In July 2016, Calderdale Flood Commission published its 'Final report'. This contains recommendations relating to all aspects of flood resilience and recovery. The report was discussed by Calderdale Council on 20th July, when Councillors were asked to agree the recommendations. Since then the Council has been working with partners to implement them as part of the flood action plan.
- Review the report here: Draft Final Flood Commission Report [PDF 132KB].
The Flood Commission's initial report has produced nine recommendations for immediate action. These will be implemented in advance of the final report.
To contact the Commission, email: FloodCommission@calderdale.gov.uk .
Flood Partner Update: Flooding Partner Newsletter [PDF 1378KB] (updated December 2017).
Flood Recovery Infographic: Flooding Infographic 2 Years On [PDF 1049KB] .
Affected Roads and Structures
For updates on the impact of flooding on roads, bridges and the highway network: Affected Roads and Structures [PDF 216KB] (updated 13th June 2016).
I’d like to donate, what type of things are needed?
The situation in severe instances of flooding changes quickly. This makes money the best type of donation, as it can be used wherever and however it is required. The Community Foundation for Calderdale has set up a Local Giving page.
What emotional support is available in Calderdale?
Primary mental health care services for counselling and emotional wellbeing in Calderdale:
- Noah's Ark Centre has a self-referral service, phone: 01422 300457.
- Healthy Minds provides peer led wellbeing groups in Sowerby Bridge, phone: 01422 345154.
- Calderdale Talking Therapies (insight health care) offer psychological support for adults registered with a Calderdale GP. They are a self-referral service, phone: 0300 555 0191.
- Details of counselling support for affected residents is available in the hubs .
Other national services:
- SANE helpline , phone: 0300 3047000 (6pm to 11pm daily).
- Samaritans: Your Emotional Health , phone: 116123.
For longer term loss and trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress, contact your GP first for referral into IAPT or psychological therapy services. Insight Health Care will also refer on to IAPT and secondary care psychological therapy services if required, following assessment or intervention.
How can I contact the Council's Adults, Health and Social Care?
For your first stop about Adult Social Care, see: Contact Gateway to Care - Adults, Health and Social Care in Calderdale .
Volunteering and Feedback
We would like to say thank you to everyone who volunteered during the floods of Boxing Day 2015.
However this is a long term recovery process and we will still need to call on volunteers from time to time for help.
We also need to be prepared for any future emergencies, so we are creating a database of people who are willing to help.
Would you like to volunteer in the future?
Mapping data, including GaugeMap (river gauge data) is available, visit: Calderdale Data Works: Flooding for more information.