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. The response was impacted by similar flooding events across the Yorkshire and Lancashire regions.
Calderdale Flood Action Plan
This sets out short-term actions that will see over 1,600 homes and businesses in the area better protected. Also, a longer-term strategy sees local organisations and communities work together to develop better ways of managing rivers and land.
For more details, visit: Calderdale flood action plan.
To see the latest progress on actions in the Calderdale flood action plan:
- visit: Eye on Calderdale ;
- see the infographic below;
- or download the infographic: Flooding Partnership Infographic June 2018 [PDF 796KB] .
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 and agreed Calderdale Council on 20th July. Since then the Council has been working with partners to implement them as part of the flood action plan.
For more on this, please read: Draft Final Flood Commission Report [PDF 132KB].
Flood Partner Update: Flooding Partner Newsletter [PDF 838KB] (updated August 2018).
Flood Recovery Infographic: Flooding Infographic 2 Years On [PDF 1049KB] (published December 2017).
I would 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.
Watermark Calderdale is a resilience fund set up by the Community Foundation for Calderdale. It raised over £3 million for our communities in the Boxing Day 2015 floods. This will be there for businesses and households as soon as any future floods hits.
You can donate in two ways:
- directly to the fund;
- or your shop or business can sell Watermark products and donate a percentage, or all, the profits to a fund.
For more about this, visit: Watermark Fund .
What emotional support is available in Calderdale?
Distress is a common reaction for people following a flood. However, this is usually temporary and most people cope with being flooded despite being distressed by it. If symptoms persist, there are some local services that can help:
- Your GP.
- Calderdale Talking Therapies (Insight Health Care) is a self-referral service offering psychological support for adults registered with a Calderdale GP. Phone: 0300 5550191 or visit: email@example.com
- South West Yorkshire Partnership Trust IAPT is a self-referral service offering psychological therapies for adults registered with a Calderdale GP. Phone: 01484 343700.
- Healthy Minds runs a number of peer-led wellbeing groups, phone: 01422 345154.
There are also some national services:
- Samaritans, phone: 116123 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- SANE mental health charity helpline, phone: 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm – 10.30pm daily).
- Mind information line:
- phone: 0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm Monday – Friday, except Bank Holidays);
- email: email@example.com;
- text to: 86463.
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. 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?
For mapping data, including GaugeMap (river gauge data), visit: Calderdale Data Works: Flooding .