District councillors to discuss cost of flood relief effort

Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Members of Richmondshire District Council’s corporate board will discuss the financial implications to the council of the flooding which hit areas of the Dales on July 30.

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

The estimated cost to the district council is £235,000. It is hoped that the Bellwin scheme will cover £113,000 of this, leaving Richmondshire with a bill of £122,000.

It also activated a council tax discount and business rate relief scheme – which corporate board is being asked to endorse.

Those schemes have currently paid out £97,800 to 84 homes and another £6,900 to three businesses.

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 on 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.