Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme

Mytholmroyd flood scheme

A few weeks ago we visited the Mytholmroyd Flood Information Centre based at the Community Centre Car Park in Mytholmroyd. It was an opportunity to chat with Alison from VBA about the Mytholmroyd Flood Scheme and have a play with the interactive flood model.

The interactive flood model allows you to see how the river currently flows through the town, you can then remove bridges and obstructions to see how this affects river levels. If you haven’t already please visit and have a play.


The scheme is in full swing and is the result of careful planning and digital modelling by the Environment Agency and the contractors VBA. At present topical surveys are being conducted further downstream to better understand the effects the scheme will have on river flow and levels towards Brearley and Luddendenfoot.


The centre provides a good amount of information for you to absorb, plans and maps on the walls and staff available to explain the scheme in detail. The planned work to reduce the risk of flooding is outlined below:

1. Widening the River Calder at its narrowest points throughout the village
2. Removing and replacing the bridges at Greenhill Industrial Estate and Caldene Avenue
3. Raising walls to contain more water within the channel of the River Calder and Cragg Brook (Elphin Brook)
4. Managing surface water
5. Installing a canal overflow to manage flooding from the Rochdale Canal
6. Improving the White Lee Clough (Foster Clough) culvert.

The centre is open at the following times:

Monday: 10am to 4pm
Wednesday: 1pm to 7pm
Friday: 10am to 4pm

The Mytholmroyd plan is just one of the projects for Calderdale to reduce flooding, for more information on flood schemes and plans please refer to the Calderdale catchment Plan document which can be found here.