Thousands of homes still at risk of flooding

Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford express.
Story: Local flooding after recent sustained heavy rain.
Picture show the A656 Barnsdale Road submerged after the River Aire burst it's banks yet again.
Photo date: 28/12/15
Picture Ref: AB576c1215
Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford express. Story: Local flooding after recent sustained heavy rain. Picture show the A656 Barnsdale Road submerged after the River Aire burst it's banks yet again. Photo date: 28/12/15 Picture Ref: AB576c1215
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Thousands of homes and businesses in the Wakefield district are considered to be at risk of flooding from surface water or watercourse, it has been revealed.

A new strategy to counter flooding in and around the city has identified 6,000 properties at increased risk of flooding from becks and rivers while 2,600 are deemed to be in danger from surface water floods.

Wakefield and the surrounding areas have experienced notable flooding four times in the last nine years with the most serious occasion the 2007 floods when 1,470 homes were affected with further incidents in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Councillors will next week discuss Wakefield Council’s new strategy to reduce the risk of flooding.

The document warns that businesses could be put off from investing in the area unless they are confident proper plans are in place to limit the risk of flooding.

Coun Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We will be discussing the strategy which is all about making sure we have effective plans, so we are as well prepared as we can be for flooding.

“This is important as we need to ensure we are resilient to flooding and our infrastructure and transport links are robust so they continue to support the drive to regenerate our district.”

The Cutsyke area of Castleford, Walton and Newmillerdam are the parts of the district considered to be at “significant risk” of watercourse flooding.

The strategy separately identifies 22 areas thought to be at threat of surface water flooding.

Measures to reduce the risk will include clearing trash screens on local rivers and becks and removing debris around bridges and working with private landowners on watercourse maintenance.

Members of Wakefield Council’s cabinet are due to discuss the district’s flooding strategy at a meeting on Tuesday.