Flood advice

How can you help stop flooding affecting Todmorden?

It can sound like issues such as flooding affecting Todmorden is the responsibility of government bodies such as Calderdale Council, The Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water. It may feel that there is nothing you can do to change this, but there are simple little changes that we can do, both as individuals and as a community, which could help ease the impact that flooding has on residents, businesses and the community as a whole.

Where possible, avoid using any extra water during times when flood alerts and warnings are issued. This can include avoidance of:

  • Running a dishwasher or washing machine
  • Having a bath or long shower
  • Doing the washing up by hand
  • Flushing the toilet if it can be left for a short time


This is because the less water being used, the less that will

empty into the sewers, which can help prevent drains

 backing up and causing water overspill into roads and houses.

Look into what sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) can be retrofitted to your property. This can be as cheap and simple as having a water butt put into your garden or as elaborate as having a green roof installed. There are lots of different ways that SUDS can be used and this doesn’t have to be overly complicated. The general idea is that by slowing the flow of rain down to the drains, it helps give the infrastructure (such as drains, sewers, roads, canals and rivers) time to not be overwhelmed by excess water. There are lots of ideas and case studies to be found online.

A good place to start is:

For general flood advice:

Slow the Flow and the National Flood Forum are not-for-profit organisations which are run by people with lived flood experience. The big question remains, however – will doing any of this stop Todmorden flooding? Unfortunately, no, it won’t. What it will do, however, is help lessen the effect on the community and hopefully make the clean up after easier.

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