Local Lib Dem councillors Sandy Lay, Colin Campbell and Ryk Downes have welcomed news that Leeds City Council is seeking funding for flood alleviation research to be carried out in Otley.
Since the flooding over Christmas, the councillors have arranged meetings with both the council and Environment Agency in a bid to make Otley as flood-proof as possible in the future.
The council has applied to the Environment Agency’s local levy fund for a feasibility study to determine how the impact of any future flooding might be lessened or avoided.
Cllr Sandy Lay said: “I’m aware of an old photograph of Otley from nearly a hundred years ago showing scenes eerily similar to those we were faced with on Boxing Day.
“It almost beggars belief that we have ignored the lessons of local history, and no real flood alleviation work has been carried out in Otley for a century. This spurred my fellow councillors and me to push for something to be done.
Cllr Colin Campbell commented: “The study is an important first step in helping to prevent any future incidents from affecting residents as severely and we will continue to put pressure on the council to keep Otley a priority as they lobby government for flood funding.
“In the meantime, we will keep working as hard as possible to support the local residents affected to access the aid needed to patch up their homes and move forward with their lives.”