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Celebrating the unsung heroes of the Boxing Day floods; RESIDENTS ASKED TO SHARE PICTURES AND MEMORIES OF THE DEVASTATING 2015 EVENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

Byline: JOHN GREENWOOD Local Democracy Reporter @JOHNG_LDR

FLOOD heroes from the Boxing Day storms of 2015 are being urged to share their stories - and ensure they are prepared for any repeat.

Three years ago large parts of Calderdale, including Elland and Brighouse, were hit by devastating floods.

Elland Bridge was demolished and had to be rebuilt and major flood alleviation works have been undertaken in several areas.

Calderdale Council is urging people to make sure their homes and properties are as flood resistent as possible and they want residents to celebrate the positive stories that came out of the devastation.

There were many unsung heroes in the community and a photo campaign across social media and the Eye on Calderdale website will celebrate the important work of individuals and organisations who have worked together to try and reduce flood risk.

Calderdale residents, businesses and partner organisations who have all played their part are encouraged to get involved by sharing photos and stories of themselves or others in their community on Twitter or Facebook using #FloodHeroes.

These could be anything from the combined actions of a local organisation to an offer of support from a neighbour.

To complement the campaign, a pop-up exhibition entitled We Rise Higher: Celebrating Post-Flood Community Action will be held in Hebden Bridge Town Hall's Waterfront Hall from tomorrow until Monday, November 12, (excluding Sundays).

The exhibition showcases a series of inspiring large scale photographs by local artists Michael Fairless and Michael Bentley, and documents the area's recovery, resilience and community spirit.

It will also feature a pop-up shop from the Watermark Flood Fund and an interpretation from the Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Programme, showing key milestones in the recovery from the 2015 floods and celebrating the people involved.

There also will be two public preview events to mark the opening of the exhibition from noon to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm on Monday, and refreshments will be available.

Council leader Clr Tim Swift, also chairman of the Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Partnership Board, said the aim was to highlight preparations people can take and also the need to re-assess and update things like a flood plan for people's homes.

"Whether you're a property owner, a landlord or a tenant, everyone can their part to play to help minimise damage in the event of possible flooding and be one of Calderdale's flood heroes.

"If you want to help on a wider scale, Calderdale has a multitude of community organisations, which offer various opportunities whilst acting as vital support networks for those affected by flooding."

|For more see www.eyeoncalderdale.com and join in the conversation by following @Calderdale on Twitter and Calderdale Council on Facebook and share photos with #FloodHeroes

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Huge cracks appeared on flood-damaged Elland bridge in the photo taken Stuart Black

Water-ruined items collected by volunteers

Project Colts volunteers, David Saltemstall and Liz Paton, continue to clean up after the Boxing Day floods

Project Colt volunteer Ash Sharma continued to clean up after the Boxing Day floods

Brighouse under water after the Boxing Day floods
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2018
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