BERG Case Study: Hebden Bridge

Following a short, but intense period of heavy rain, the canal at Hebden Bridge breached its defences and flooded the town centre on the 23rd June 2012. Community Resilience UK helped respond to this emergency.

 It is estimated that nearly a month’s worth of rain (40mm) fell in just three hours. With their aim of supporting resilient communities Community Resilience UK helped to support this emergency.

General effect of the incident

More than 500 homes and businesses in the Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, and Mytholmroyd area were flooded, with a number of residents reporting a loss of electricity. The area has a history of flooding, and the general feeling towards the June floods was that everyone was “used to it”.

The business owners, managers and staff who were spoken to were keen to engage in a co-ordinated approach to quick recovery and future flood protection measures.’

The response

On 26th June 2012 a Regional Advisor was deployed to assess and report back with first-hand information on the impact of the flooding in the Hebden Bridge area. Briefings were provided for BITC in response to the event.

In this particular instance visits to the scene were mainly data-gathering missions, and no Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) were provided with any direct support/assistance. However, the flooding provided the opportunity to develop a proper incident scene attendance strategy and protocol that can be used for any future events.

The President of BITC, HRH Prince Charles, then visited the area on the 6th July 2012 to offer his personal support.

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