Almost £20m has been awarded to Calderdale Council to repair roads which were damaged in the Boxing Day floods.

But there is still a shortfall of about £11m to meet the costs of all the flood repairs and the council says it will press for extra help from the Government.

The £19.47m funding from the Department for Transport will allow repairs to be made across the highways network, including at Scout Road and the A646 in Mytholmroyd.

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Storm Eva had a devastating impact across West Yorkshire, with Calderdale particularly badly hit. The repair bill to restore all the affected roads and bridges in Calderdale alone is estimated at £32.5m.

Council leader Tim Swift said: “We’ve been working hard since the Boxing Day floods to make our case to the Government. Obviously we’re delighted by this award and by last week’s announcement of £35m to the Environment Agency for flood defences in Calderdale.

Calderdale council leader, Clr Tim Swift in Halifax Town Hall
Calderdale council leader, Clr Tim Swift in Halifax Town Hall

“This will allow us to rebuild our vital infrastructure and restore confidence in our towns, which are continuing to recover from the devastating floods.

“However, the impact was so great that we still face a funding gap of around £11m and we will continue to press the Government for further support.”

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The DfT announcement is in addition to the £5.5m announced in January to rebuild Elland Bridge, bringing the total allocated by the DfT to Calderdale to £24.97m.

The council says there are also other repairs to fund, including damage from landslides and school repairs, and the full extent of the overall damage is still emerging. The estimated £11m shortfall is not just to cover road repairs, but includes all aspects of flood damage.