Calderdale Council is reminding residents to check their flood preparation plans and be aware of the continued risk of flooding during summer months.
Sudden and heavy downpours, which are more likely during the summer months, can put extra stress on all drainage systems, increasing the risk of flash flooding.
As flash floods can affect all areas, it’s important that residents are prepared. There are a number of ways to protect properties from these kinds of events, such as signing up for the Met Office weather warning service(external link). It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with your local area, checking it there are streams, culverts, roads and drains which are vulnerable to downpours.
Those living in areas specifically at risk of flash flooding, should consider writing a personal flood plan(external link) and investing in property-level protection(external link). Sustainable drainage systems, such as water butts, raised planters or permeable paving could also be installed to slow the flow of rainwater into drains, gutters and rivers.
The Council is also encouraging landowners to aerate their grassland to reduce the amount of water travelling across the surface of a field, and beyond. There are other benefits including allowing air to get to the grass roots and soil, helping root development, alleviating compaction, reducing slurry and fertiliser runoff and more.
Spring and autumn are the best times to carry out aeration. Landowners who are interested in undertaking aeration or are looking at other natural flood management techniques are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on necessary consents and opportunities for suitable available funding
Calderdale Council’s Director of Regeneration and Strategy, Shelagh O’Neill, said:
“As summer approaches and we all look forward to hopefully enjoying some good weather, it’s also important to remember that sudden downpours and flash flooding are unfortunately more likely in the summer months.
“Intense periods of rain falling on dry ground can have a rapid impact, so if you live in an area at risk of flooding it’s important to keep an eye on forecasts and have plans in place to act quickly. Hopefully these flood preparation plans won’t be needed, but it’s always best to have them in place.
“Natural flood management continues to be an important part of Calderdale’s joint work to tackle flooding and the climate emergency and there are steps we can all take to help. We’re encouraging landowners to find out more about the benefits of soil aeration, which increases the amount of water that the ground can absorb. Property owners can also help by considering permeable paving or even something as simple as installing a water butt to slow the flow of water into nearby drains.”
With the increasing impact of climate change, it is impossible to completely stop the risk of flooding, particularly in the Calder Valley due to the geography of the area. Residents and businesses are urged to remain vigilant and be prepared for future flooding. For advice and updates, please visit www.eyeoncalderdale.com(external link)
Residents are urged to sign up for free flood warnings to get vital time to save themselves and their possessions from the devastating effects of flooding by visiting www.gov.uk/flood(external link) or contacting Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also check your flood risk online at https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk(external link). Find out what to do when you receive a flood warning and how to prepare for a flood at https://floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk/(external link)