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Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme: October Update

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

As part of informing the continuing design work and construction methodology for the scheme, the Environment Agency are carrying out ground investigation and minor river channel works at a number of locations in the town and have developed a Google map to show this work in more detail.

The map is now available online on the Eye On Calderdale website and allows selection of a location to access a description and approximate duration of the work taking place. The map will be updated as work progresses.

See the map here

If you have any questions regarding the information provided on the map,  please email. If you would like to contact a member of the project team or sign up to receive copies of updates about the scheme, again please email

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. The Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is currently being developed, led by the Environment Agency, to improve protection for approximately 400 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

See also

HebWeb Forum - Environment Agency investigation: Ground & Minor River Channel Works (Oct 2020)

HebWeb News: Flood Alleviation Scheme for Hebden Bridge (8 Sept 2020)