Flooding information and support

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For urgent flooding issues call the Council Contact Centre on 01274 431000. 

Weather warnings

When weather warnings or flood warnings are issued by the Met Office and the Environment Agency our Emergency Management Team get ready to respond. They liaise with agencies like the Police and Fire & Rescue services as well as the Environment Agency and other local councils

If people need to be evacuated we can open rest centres for hot drinks and showers etc.

If needed, we can arrange temporary accommodation for people. If you need temporary accommodation, please contact our Housing Options Service on 01274 435999. If emergency accommodation is required during out-of-office hours, please ring 01274 257600.

Housing Options staff and customer service advisors for Council enquiries can be found at Britannia House in Bradford. Housing Options are there to deal with people who require housing advice and/or emergency housing, and the customer service advisors can help with other flood related queries.

If your property is at risk of flooding, sign up for flood warnings and have a flood plan in place:

Flood Resilience Grant

Please note that the flood resilience scheme has now closed - no further applications will be accepted.

If you need further information relating to an ongoing application, please contact us on 01274 437725 or floodrelief@bradford.gov.uk

Bradford District Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

As Lead Local Flood Authority, the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is required under Section 9 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, to develop, maintain, apply and monitor a strategy for local flood risk management – a “Local Flood Risk Management Strategy”.

The strategy must detail the risk management authorities and the functions that they can exercise within the Bradford Lead Local Flood Authority area, assess local flood risk, the objectives for managing that risk and measures proposed to implement those objectives.

The local Flood Risk Management Strategy provides Bradford Council’s approach for managing flood risk from all sources throughout the District and has been developed to align with current legislation and guidance. It builds on work that has already been undertaken to assess the risk of flooding in the district and aims to: 

  • Ensure increased understanding of local flood risk to enable investment in flood management activities to be appropriately prioritised.
  • Engage and enable all Risk Management Authorities, residents, communities and businesses to manage flood risk in partnership.
  • Ensure emergency plans and responses to flood incidents are effective and communities are able to recover quickly and effectively after flood events.
  • Guide local spatial planning and prevent inappropriate development.

Please see the Documents section on this page for details of the local flood risk management strategy. 

Bradford District Initial Assessments

Following the flood event of 2015, the Environment Agency and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council have identified priority locations for further work or detailed investigations. The reports produced are known as Initial Assessments (IAs).

The locations identified were broadly grouped within:

  1. Silsden
  2. Keighley and Stockbridge
  3. Bingley and Airedale
  4. Baildon and Shipley
  5. Esholt and Apperley Bridge
  6. Ilkley

What are Initial Assessments?

Initial Assessments (IAs) are desktop studies undertaken to provide a summary for each location and enable us to determine whether further spending of resources on appraisal work is justified.

The IAs provide an overview of the area, the flooding history and problems, the number of properties at risk of flooding, the options that could reduce risk in that given area and any positive or negative environmental impacts that may arise as a result. All sources of flooding are considered. The benefits (reduced number of properties at risk, improved environment) are then assessed against the economic cost of a number of projects to determine whether a practical, sustainable and justified solution is achievable or whether a project should take a different course or be stopped altogether.

In summary the IAs allow partners to better understand the reasons for flooding and the costs of tackling the sources of flooding. This will mean partners are in a better position to progress particular projects in the future should funding become available.

The completed IAs are available on this page. There is also a more detailed explanation of IAs, how they are produced and what information needs to be considered.

The outputs from the IAs are supporting the development of the Bradford Flood Programme, which includes initiatives such as:

  • Modelling assessments of upstream storage options
  • Surface water modelling
  • In-water debris clearance at the Initial Assessment locations, in partnership with the Aire Rivers Trust stewardship project
  • Resident and business Flood Resilience and Community Engagement information packs

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