Leeds flooding scheme now under way

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Residents of a Leeds village hope a new embankment will prevent a repeat of the flooding that hit them several years ago.

More than 20 properties on Ramsden Street were seriously flooded in June 2007 when water overflowed from Kippax Beck.

The beck has also overflowed since then - sparking further fears for people living in the area.

An embankment is now being created behind the houses which is intended to significantly reduce the risk of flooding to homes. It is hoped that this will prevent a repetition of what happened eight years ago.

Councillor Mary Harland (Kippax and Methley) said: “Everyone will remember the flooding in 2007- it was truly upsetting to see people’s possessions ruined by water flowing into their homes. We cannot turn back the clock, but we do not want to see this happen again. This scheme gives the residents certainty that the waters will not return in the same way as they did back in 2007.”

“These improvements follow years of hard work by all of the Kippax and Methley members. We have been trying to find a sensible way to help the residents on Ramsden Street and, of course, find the funding for this work to go ahead. I am delighted that work has now begun and I will be even happier when I know the work is done and residents’ homes are safe.”

The overall cost of the works is £285,000 with funding provided by the Environment Agency.

Councillor Harland with fellow Kippax and Methley councillors James Lewis and Keith Wakefield have been working to ensure a permanent solution is put in place to minimise the risk of future flooding in the area.

Extensive consultation took place with residents before work on the scheme was undertaken.