The thousands of people affected by the devastating floods in Calderdale are being urged to tell their stories so lessons can be learned.

Calderdale Council wants to hear from anyone whose property was affected by the flooding caused by Storm Eva on Boxing Day.

Councils have a statutory duty to investigate whenever there is a large scale flooding event, and then publish a Section 19 report.

This is so local authorities can help manage flood risks for people, homes and businesses, a responsibility given to them under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

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Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Clr Barry Collins said: “We know that some 2,000 homes and over 1,100 businesses in Calderdale were flooded and a significant amount of our infrastructure was seriously damaged.

“It’s vital that we hear from as many people as possible who were directly affected so we can learn what happened and so that we can draw the right lessons and build effective strategies for the future.

“We’ve prepared a survey to help us collate the details we need. You can find this on the Eye on Calderdale website. I’d urge everyone who was affected to respond.”

As a Lead Local Flood Authority, Calderdale Council is responsible for developing, maintaining and applying flood risk management strategies across the region.

This is in partnership with other organisations including the Environment Agency.

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The deadline for completing the survey is June 20. The report will include recommendations which will then be implemented by the council. The final report will be published by September.

Plans have already been drawn up to try to avoid a repeat of the floods.