The Environment Agency will be out and about in flood hit areas of Bradford next week as part of an ongoing flood recovery programme.
Many rivers across Yorkshire reached record or near record levels on Boxing Day last year. Across the Bradford district, 840 homes and 170 businesses were affected by flooding from the rivers Aire and Wharfe and a number of other sources after 100mm of rain fell on the catchment.
Environment Agency teams will head out into the heart of the communities in a state-of-the-art, incident command vehicle to provide support and guidance to those affected by the flooding. Importantly, it will give people the opportunity to talk to Environment Agency staff and partners about their experiences and knowledge of the flood event.
Graham Lindsey from the Environment Agency said:
We hope that by taking our incident command vehicle into the communities it will provide a more accessible way for people to come along and talk to us. As well as those based in the vehicle, we’ll have a team of staff out door knocking in communities. We’re really keen to hear about people’s experiences and get feedback on our flood extent maps.
It will also be a chance for us to let residents know about the recovery work we’ve been doing and what we’ve got planned over the coming months to reduce flood risk.
Crucially, we hope to sign more people up for our free flood warning service. There is still only 19 per cent of eligible properties taking advantage of this free service, with just over 101,000 properties signed up out of a potential 530,000 in Yorkshire.
Wednesday 20 July
|1.30pm-3pm||Worth Village, Keighley|
|5.30pm-7pm||Mill Hey, Haworth|
Thursday 21 July
Monday 25 July
|1pm-3pm||Ash Grove, Bingley|
|3pm-4.30pm||Branksome Drive, Bingley|
|5pm-7pm||Hirst Mill, Saltaire|
Tuesday 26 July
|4.30pm-6.30pm||Baildon Bridge / Lower Holme|
Earlier this year the Environment Agency supported Bradford Council with a series of drop in sessions to discuss the flood risk strategy for Bradford and provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to share their information about what happened.
This recovery roadshow is a continuation of engagement with the communities and an opportunity to look at how we can work together to increase preparedness for flooding.
Residents and businesses can check to see if free flood warnings are available in their community and sign up by calling Floodline on 0345 9881188 or by visiting the website.
As well as checking flood risk, residents can also find out what action can be taken to protect people and property by visiting the Environment Agency website