Hebden Bridge has a history of flooding. The Flood Volunteer Team are using Eco-Blocks to direct fast flowing water into the drains with great results.
The Calder Valley is a steep sided valley which reacts very quickly to sudden outbreaks of rain. This results in the steep hillside roads becoming de facto rivers as the run-off from the fields and woodland soon cascades down the roads.
One area in particular affects the main A646 road as it runs through Hebden Bridge, resulting in surface water flooding an important retail area. Water cascades down this hillside road at speed and overshoots the drains built into the road surface. The water then floods Market Street, affecting traders and households.
Eco-Blocks have been supplied to the Flood Warden and his team at Hebden Bridge.
The flood volunteers speedily deploy the Eco-Blocks to form catchments around the drains slowing the flow of water. This allows the drains to actually take the water into the drainage system and away from Market Street, Hebden Bridge.
Once the emergency is over the volunteers clean the Eco-Blocks and return them to the store ready for the next time they are needed.
“As a pragmatic retired Fire Brigade officer (an old war horse) with extensive experience of dealing with emergencies, I find the eco-blocks to be one of our most useful and adaptable tools in responding to potential flooding. They are easy and speedy to deploy and adaptable in forming a shaped barrier which directs water away from vulnerable areas. Also, importantly, they are re-usable.”