Richmondshire District Council

July’s flash flooding in Swaledale and Wensleydale has left the District Council with a clean-up bill of around £250,000.

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 on the evening of September 10. Those schemes have currently paid out £102,000 to more than 90 homes and another £6,900 to three businesses.

“The aftermath of this flooding was horrendous for those affected and we want to help in any way we can,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale. “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.

Councillors were told that some of the £250,000 bill may be recovered through the central government’s Bellwin Scheme.

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