Flood hit North Yorkshire to get Government help

North Yorkshire, Ryedale and Hambleton Councils are to be given help with meeting the costs of clearing up following severe storm and flood damage in the council areas on June19 2005.

The pledge was announced today by Jim Fitzpatrick, the parliamentary under secretary of state, in a written statement to Parliament.

Mr. Fitzpatrick says: “Large areas of North Yorkshire experienced exceptional storm and flood damage on June 19 2005. Given these circumstances I am satisfied that financial assistance under the Bellwin scheme is justified. A scheme will therefore be established under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Grants will be paid to the authorities to cover 85 per cent of the eligible costs above a threshold, which they have incurred in dealing with the storm and flood damage.”