Richmondshire District Council

Members of the District Council’s Corporate Board will next week (September 10) receive an update on the authority’s role in the aftermath of the devastating floods.  

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

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.

Estimated costs to the District Council are £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.

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