Another £3m could be pumped into an action plan to ease floods misery in Calderdale.
Councillors will mark the six-month anniversary of the devastating Boxing Day floods by announcing plans for a further cash boost to the recovery and resilience programme.
When the Cabinet meets on Monday, councillors will consider the detailed deployment of the £3m fund.
Members will discuss proposals to allocate this funding to several schemes to benefit residents and businesses affected by the recent flooding in the borough.
- Proposals for a number of specific investments to help prevent future flooding and develop schemes for natural flood management.
- Grant funding, business support activity and funding for local business networks to enable them to set up their own support programme.
- Proposals to appoint additional Community Liaison Officers to provide extra help in the hardest hit areas. Cabinet will also consider plans to invest in incident management systems such as additional CCTV at key flood danger points, and also funding to help restock flood groups.
- Helping households – including continued support for household flood grants by providing additional staff to speed up grant processing and advice
- Extra staff for the flood team.
The effects of the flooding have been far reaching, with Elland in particular badly hit. The latest figures show that almost 2,000 homes and over 1000 businesses were flooded.
The Leader of Calderdale Council, Clr Tim Swift, said: “It’s now six months on from the December floods, and we’re determined to continue to support our flood-stricken communities and businesses as they bounce back.
“We’re doing everything we can to help protect communities more effectively in the future, and these proposals will allow us to make an informed decision about how best to allocate the £3m flood budget identified as part of the 2016/17 budget setting process.
“We’re also working with partner agencies to press ahead with a £60million programme of infrastructure repair and flood prevention schemes - for example at Elland Bridge and the A646 at Hebden Bridge.”