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The Calderdale Flood Partnership Board has confirmed funding for a major new flood defence scheme at Mytholmroyd.

The Board announced the £30M scheme, which is designed to provide additional protection to homes and businesses in the area, following investigation work by the Environment Agency. When complete, the scheme will provide the highest possible standard of flood protection for the village.

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

The latest round of defence schemes were prompted by flooding in December 2015. Six schemes recently completed, which are designed to protect some 500 homes across Calderdale from flood risk, at a cost of £9M. While in Mytholmroyd, significant works to clear the channel, repair damaged walls and make safe damaged buildings have already been carried out.

The million pound scheme for Mytholmroyd has been developed in partnership with Calderdale Council, the local community, and partners. 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.

Plans are for the scheme to be completed in phases and widening the river at Greenhill Industrial Estate will continue to be explored.

Source – UK Construction Online

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