Flood Ark

Mytholmroyd, United Kingdom

At Flood Ark, we are happy to work alongside our distributor partners to deliver our flood barriers for flood protection projects. However, in some instances, we can miss out on hearing about how our barriers have benefited the end client further down the line.

In July 2017, our Managing Director, Steve Abbott, had a meeting with one of those partners – James Morton of MM Engineering. James was delighted to fill us in on a project we had assisted with in 2013. Flood Ark barriers had been used to successfully protect an electrical substation in Mytholmroyd – a small village in the north of England, situated close to the River Calder. Just 18 months previously, the village high street had hosted the famous Tour de France cycle race. On Boxing Day 2015, it was turned into a river.

Following steady rainfall over a number of weeks, heavy downpours on Boxing Day caused the River Calder to burst its banks and the village of Mytholmroyd suffered a catastrophic flood. There are records of regular flooding in this part of the country that date back to the early 19th century, so this was just the latest in a long line of flooding events to strike the villages located in the Calder flood plain.

At its peak, the level of the River Calder reached 5.65m. This was the highest level ever recorded on the river and was more than 3.5m higher than its usual peak. The resulting flood waters went on to hit at least 2,000 homes and 200 businesses. It left the local community centre devastated, hit a former travel agency with such force that it collapsed into the river and caused tens of thousands of pounds worth damage to the Dusty Miller Inn.

Northern Powergrid, who are responsible for the electricity substations and powerlines in the local area, understandably wanted to ensure that this vital infrastructure was protected at all times. Fortunately, in May 2013, they had instructed Freedom Group to incorporate flood protection barriers into their upgrade of the substation at Mytholmroyd. Subsequently, Freedom Group sub-contracted the work and our team of fitters travelled to Mytholmroyd to carry out the installation. Within 18 months, the barriers had proved their worth and helped to protect the substation from the Boxing Day floods.

Since then, we have been approached by other homeowners and businesses in the surrounding area; all of whom were keen to be proactive and protect their assets before the next wave of devastation.