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Flooding repairs continue in Yorkshire Dales

Flooding repairs continue in Yorkshire Dales

Published by David Dunning at 5:25pm 13th August 2019. (Updated at 6:09am 14th August 2019)

Giant steel tubes have been lowered into place in the Yorkshire Dales, which will form the basis of a temporary crossing where a bridge was swept away during floods. 

  • The traditional dales masonry bridge over Cogden Beck, near Grinton, was left completely destroyed
  • Torrential water carrying boulders and other debris brought down the bridge during flooding last month 
  • The council's currently carrying out repairs to the bridge
  • Meanwhile, Richmondshire District Council has allocated more than £75,000 to local residents and businesses affected

The road links the communities of Grinton and Leyburn and also forms part of the UCI Road World Championship route, which arrives in the county next month. 

North Yorkshire County Council’s engineers and contractors have been working round the clock ever since the devastating floods hit the dales on July 30 and 31, to reconnect the dales communities. 


Steel tubing rolled into place Grinton Moor


Today (Tuesday, August 13), two repurposed steel tubes were delivered from Cleveland Steel to the remote spot on the back of a low-loader lorry and were rolled into Cogden Beck.

They will divert the waterway so a temporary bridge and road can be built.

If all goes well, the temporary crossing will also allow the road world championships to continue along its planned route. 

North Yorkshire County Council intends to rebuild the traditional Dales masonry bridge next year. 

Another road linking Grinton with the rest of the dales, the B6270, was also left impassable after part of the road collapsed during intense rainfall and a bridge further along the road over Cogden Beck was severely weakened. 

North Yorkshire County Council and its contractors have now excavated the landslip and are hoping to have the road and bridge open soon. 

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways said:

“The damage caused by the unprecedented rainfall in parts of Swaledale has caused unimaginable upheaval to communities in the area. 

We know how vital these roads and bridges are to everyday life for those living in the affected areas, so we are delighted to report we have managed to make so much progress in such a short space of time.” 

Meanwhile, Richmondshire District Council says it has allocated more than £75,000 to local residents and businesses affected by last month’s flash floods. 

Through its relief schemes it is offering business rates and council tax relief to qualifying properties.   

More than 250 residential properties and 35 farms were affected by the floods and the council has been in contact with 83 businesses – three of which could be closed for several months.

District Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale said: 

“These schemes spring into action when there is an emergency situation and are entirely funded by the district council. 

“We have been working hard to support the people of the Dales affected by this catastrophic flash flooding – it is going to take some time for them to get their homes, businesses and lives back to normal, so if we can help in this small way we will.”

For further information on the relief available visit richmondshire.gov.uk or contact the local taxation team on 01748 901069

All applications for relief should, where possible, be evidenced with photographs. Applications for the relief should be submitted by email to local.taxation@richmondshire.gov.uk or in writing to Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire. DL10 4JX