Bradford Flood Drop In Sessions
Bradford Council is hosting a series of flood drop-in sessions to give residents and interested parties the opportunity to find out about the ways the council, the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water have been working together to help tackle flooding problems across the district.
People will be able to find out about the Environment Agency’s flood warning service, how they can write their own flood plan and what they can do to prepare for flooding in their own properties. They will also be able see how they can get involved in local volunteer work to improve the riverside environment and reduce flooding problems in their neighbourhoods.
The council and the Environment Agency have also been working with town and parish councils across the district to ensure that communities are better prepared for flooding and other emergencies. They have also been working together to produce reports known as Initial Assessments.
Initial Assessments provide an overview of the area, the flooding history from all sources of flooding, the number of properties at risk of flooding, any options that could be taken to reduce risks, as well as any positive or negative environmental impacts that could result from any measures put in place.
The benefits including reducing the number of properties at risk and improvements to the environment are assessed against the economic cost of any proposed projects to see if a practical, sustainable solution is achievable or if a project should take a different course or be stopped altogether.
The Initial Assessments allow partners to better understand the reasons for flooding and the costs of tackling the sources of flooding. This will also mean partners are in a better position to progress particular projects in the future should funding become available.
Initial Assessments have been carried out in 14 areas in the Bradford district which are in Silsden, Keighley and Stockbridge, Bingley and Airedale, Baildon and Shipley, Esholt and Apperley Bridge and Ilkley.
These Initial Assessments are part of the Bradford Flood Programme, which includes initiatives such as modelling upstream storage options, surface water modelling, in-water debris clearance in partnership with the Aire Rivers Trust stewardship project and resident and business Flood Resilience and Community Engagement information packs.
The sessions will be at Shipley, Kirkgate Centre on Tuesday 25 April from 3pm – 7pm, Cardigan House in Bingley Tuesday 2 May from 3pm – 7pm and at Keighley Library on Tuesday 9 May 2pm – 6.45pm.
Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member of Planning, Transport and Regeneration, said: “Flooding can have a devastating affect on households, properties and communities and since the Boxing Day floods in 2015 we have been working with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and local communities to try and do what we can to mitigate the impacts. These drop-in sessions are for anyone who has been affected by flooding to find out what work we have been doing and what they can do to help themselves and their local communities to better prepare.”
Nicola Hoggart, Environment Agency flood risk management advisor, said: “A core role of the Bradford Flood Programme Board is to ensure we achieve value for money to protect those people that are at the highest risk.
“One of the common themes in the initial assessment is that it would be beneficial to manage flows through the use of upstream storage areas.
“To make this happen along the River Aire catchment will take time and we want to ensure communities are aware of the long term strategy to develop our six year investment programme across the district.
“We are keen to discuss this information at the Flood Update drop-in sessions arranged with our partners.”
For more information visit www.bradford.gov.uk/flooding.
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