VIDEO: Funding to repair flood damage

VIDEO: Funding to repair flood damage

Published at 1:10pm 22nd December 2015. (Updated at 1:20pm 22nd December 2015)

Nearly £90,000 is being made available to North Yorkshire residents and businesses affected by Storm Desmond.

It caused major flooding in areas including Boroughbridge and Ripon at the beginning of December.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be provided to help reduce the impact of future severe weather, for example by installing flood barriers, replacing doors and windows with water-resistant alternatives or moving electricity sockets up to a safer level.

For businesses that had their trade disrupted by flooding there could be funding worth £2,500 to help them get back on their feet and funding specifically for farmers to help restore their land.

North Yorkshire County Council is working with district and borough councils to decide how to allocate funding.

Those eligible for financial support will be able to apply for grants in January.

County Councillor Carl Les, Executive Member for Emergency Planning, said: "This support could make a significant difference to households in preparing for similar events in future.

"Our information indicates that while there were properties affected in North Yorkshire, we may not have had the immediate acute need seen in areas such as Cumbria and Lancashire.

"Therefore, we are taking a short time to ensure the correct criteria will target the funds effectively to achieve the maximum benefit."

More information will be available at in the New Year.