The floods in December 2015 affected approximately 2,720 residential properties and 1,650 businesses in Calderdale. The Council continues to work with a range of agencies, community groups and property owners to plan for future flood events. This is to help those with the highest risk of being affected by flooding.
Making properties more resilient against flooding
Property owners with homes or business premises in high risk flood areas can take a range of actions to make their properties more resilient against future flood events.
As well as signing up for the Environment Agency’s flood alert system, property owners can carry out property level resilience works to minimise the amount of flood water ingress, and help to bring the property back into use as quickly as possible following a flood.
Flood resilient properties help to reduce the impact of flood risk. By making a property more resilient, it should bring a range of benefits in the event of a future flood event:
- property easier and quicker to clean out and disinfect;
- lower risk of potential damage;
- less disruption; and
- cheaper repair costs.
There are two types of property level resilience works. Flood resistance products can minimise and reduce the amount of flood water that might enter a property. They can help provide extra time to move valuable items to a safer, higher location in the property.
This type of work also needs to be regularly checked and inspected in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it remains in safe working order.
Some examples of flood resistance products include:
- flood doors or removable flood barriers;
- flood windows;
- non-return valves on drainage systems;
- toilet bungs;
- air vent covers; and
- sump pumps.
Certain types of flood resistance products have been independently tested to PAS 1188 2014 standard. They carry the appropriate British Standards Institution kitemark to show that they are fit for purpose.
The second type of resilience work accepts that flood water will enter a property. This is designed to reduce the damage it can cause and minimise the disruption, time and cost associated with repairs.
Some examples of this type of work include:
- service alterations - lifting energy meters and installations above the likely flood level;
- relocating heating equipment to a safer, higher site in the property;
- lifting the height of plug sockets;
- installing flood resilient flooring and plastering;
- replacing chipboard kitchen or storage units with plastic or stainless steel versions and work tops;
- fitting shelving units to store items above ground level; and
- storing important documents, sentimental items and valuables at 1st floor level.
Property owners may wish to commission their own independent flood survey report. This can be used to identify and discuss what can be done to reduce the risk of flooding.
For flooding advice, visit: National Flood Forum . This is a national charity to help, support and represent communities and people at risk of flooding.
For details of the products available to help against flooding, visit: Bluepages . This is an independent directory of suppliers of flood resistance products.
Also, see: Flood show home case study .
Business Rate Relief, Council Tax exemptions, hardship payments, business recovery grants and property level resilience flood grants were all available following the 2015 flood.
This financial assistance closed to new applications on the 31 March 2017.
If you have any enquiries regarding an existing application, contact us:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For residential flood resilience grants, phone: 01422 392199.
For business flood resilience grants, phone: 01422 392269.
Note: All work on the property level resilience flood grants must have been completed and invoices submitted to the Council for payment by 30 September 2017. Any work not completed and invoiced by this date, may not be covered through the grant programme.
Flood show home case study
Mr Barr of Mytholmroyd, has made a number of resilient improvements to his home to help reduce the impact of future flooding.
Mr Barr said:
"I have prepared my house in such a way that if it floods again, I will have rather limited damage. To my way of thinking, the December 2015 flood was off the scale. I have lived here for 30 years and it was the second time I have flooded. The first time was only a few inches deep. Mother nature is a force, however I feel comfortable now knowing that the work I have done to:
- lift my electrics;
- fit removable doors and a tiled floor;
- remove the plaster to the stonework; and
- raise the height of my cooker, fridge and washing machine,
will all help to make my home more resilient and easier to dry out, clean and repair if, or when, it ever floods again."
If you have any queries about an existing flood resilience grant application, please contact us as follows:
Business flood resilience grants telephone 01422 392269
Residential flood resilience grants telephone 01422 392199