Leeds & West Yorkshire

Todmorden canal flood spillway work starts

Work has started on a scheme to prevent homes and businesses in a West Yorkshire town being flooded by overflow water from a canal.

Contractors have begun to build a spillway to divert water from the Rochdale Canal at Todmorden.

The £150,000 scheme will keep water away from Commercial Street in the town.

A current 18th Century spillway is to be sealed off, but kept in place because of its heritage value.

Spillways allow excess water to drain out so any risk from flooding from the canal is reduced.

The Environment Agency said: "The existing overflow at Commercial Street is not functioning effectively so, in agreement with British Waterways (the canal owner), the Environment Agency will now create a new replacement overflow further down the canal.

"This will feed any flood waters into a storage area nearby."

The work will start on Monday and is expected to take eight weeks to complete.

The canal and towpath will be closed for the duration. An alternative route for pedestrians will be signposted between Key Sike Lane and Woodhouse Road using the A646 Halifax Road.

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