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North Yorkshire flash flooding costs council £250,000

North Yorkshire flash flooding costs council £250,000

Published by Harry Long at 3:43pm 12th September 2019.

Flash flooding in parts of North Yorkshire in July has left the District Council with a clean-up bill of around £250,000.

  • It affected areas of Swaledale and Wensleydale.
  • More than 200 homes were affected, as well as farms and businesses. 
  • A council tax discount and business rate relief scheme was signed off last night.  

The flooding affected 250 homes, 35 farms and at least 40 businesses in the Reeth, Langthwaite, Fremington, Grinton, Bellerby and Leyburn areas.

To help them the authority activated a council tax discount and business rate relief scheme – which members of the Corporate Board endorsed last night.

Those schemes have currently paid out £102,000 to more than 90 homes and another £6,900 to three businesses.

Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale, said: 

“The aftermath of this flooding was horrendous for those affected and we want to help in any way we can. That could be through the council tax and business rate schemes – we just want to give some respite in these awful circumstances.”

Members were receiving an update on the authority’s role in the aftermath of the devastating floods.   The council took over the recovery role on July 31 supported by North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Volunteers were brought in to support people emotionally while physical work to bridges, roads, and watercourses were also undertaken.

The council looked after the provision of skips and sandbags, housing requests, supplies to the Reeth hub, and hot food to residents with no access to their own home.  It also provided a park and ride service for Reeth Show.