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On the road

to recovery in


Andrew Denville, Environment

Agency reports on progress that has

been made during 2017.

It has been over 200 days since communities across

Yorkshire had their Christmas stolen by Storm Eva.

Flood defences were damaged and our telemetry sta-

tions – which monitor river levels - logged re-

cord-breaking levels, alongside the obvious and devas-

tating damage to businesses and properties across


The Leeds EA office has become a hive of recovery

activity. We have a repair programme consisting of 400

projects and just as many issues raised by businesses,

residents and our professional partners such as the local

council. We’ve visited over 150 communities and com-

pleted 162 projects to repair damaged flood defence

assets, with an ambitious target to complete all remain-

ing repair works by the end of September.

We repaired all 62 telemetry site faults within 5 days

- most of these faults related to power disruption but

some were actually under water. We are working hard

to ensure there is still an effective flood warning service

and a skilled field team who continue to work on flood-

risk modelling, planning and the funding aspects of flood


One example of the vital work we are doing is the

installation of temporary defences at Vodafone in Leeds

and at BT in York, preventing the loss of communications

across Yorkshire

We have also set up an office hub in Mytholmroyd,

Calderdale, to support the ever-growing flood warden

and flood action groups. Our relationships with local

communities have been critical and we were

invited to help celebrate with residents in Hebden Bridge

when they held their ‘alternative Christmas’ party on 25


We have been busy in Bradford and Pendle working

to understand the causes of flooding in the area and

working on detailed river modelling to examine where

flood water goes. To do this, we’re working with Bradford

Metropolitan Borough Council and existing community

groups in Bradford and surrounding areas.

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