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Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

The Environment Agency is working with Calderdale Council to design and build a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge.

9 February 2020 flood, centre of Hebden Bridge
photo: Mike Barrett

Hebden Bridge is at risk from flooding from rivers, the Rochdale Canal and surface water. It is located in a steep sided valley where three rivers meet – River Calder, Hebden Water and Colden Clough.

Hebden Bridge has had serious floods six times since 2000 and many smaller flooding events. See HebWeb reports of previous floods.

The Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is currently being developed, led by the Environment Agency, to improve protection for 544 properties.

The scheme will consist of:-

  • Raising and strengthening river walls
  • Using glass panels and raising barriers to minimise any intrusion on river views
  • Improving protection to riverside properties
  • Installing a canal overflow
  • Improving the drainage of surface water with a series of gully systems and pumping stations Construction in Hebden Bridge is currently expected to start Summer 2021.

An interactive google map with more information about the work is being developed.  The map will enable the selection of a location to access a description and approximate duration of the work taking place. 

Consultations with local councillors and community representatives will provide further updates on progress of the scheme. The project team has also taken part in community forums such as the Hebden Bridge Business Forum and the Disability Access Forum to get feedback on proposals for the scheme.

The Environment Agency is also working with Yorkshire Water to investigate using reservoirs above Hebden Bridge to store water and help reduce flood risk. 

See also

HebWeb News: £12 million boost for flood protection in Hebden Bridge (14 July 2020)

HebWeb Feature: the Flood of Boxing Day 2015

Calderdale's webpage on the Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge

Slow the Flow working on natural flood management