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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

BRADFORD FLOODS: Huge repair bill will result from Boxing Day floods

BRADFORD FLOODS: Huge repair bill will result from Boxing Day floods

BRADFORD FLOODS: Huge repair bill will result from Boxing Day floods

BRADFORD Council alone is facing a huge repair bill as officers continue to assess widespread damage to roads, bridges and property.
Council leader David Green said the final bill would be "significant" but it will take about two weeks to determine the full extent of the damage.
It remained to be seen how much compensation would come from the Government, he said.
Floods Minister Rory Stewart has told Shipley MP Philip Davies that Bradford Council would be fully reimbursed for the costs but Cllr Green said previous compensation schemes had fallen short by about 30 per cent.
Yesterday, the council asked the Government for extra water pumps, dehumidifiers and sandbags but has yet to receive a reply, said Cllr Green.
"We have had assistance from other local authorities which have sent us sandbags - we are giving these out as quickly as we can."
He said the repair bill for damaged bridges in Baildon alone could be substantial.
"Shipping containers have hit bridges so we need to check that they are safe. It is impossible to identify what the cost will be."
Cllr Green rejected criticism made residents that the council had failed to help them. He said partner agencies had helped out in many cases.
He called for a national review of flood defence funding, claiming the Government had spent money in the south for "political and PR reasons".
"We have a situation where the Government reacts to the latest problem rather than trying to plan ahead to invest to stop the problems happening."
On a visit to flood-hit York, David Cameron defended funding for flood prevention amid calls for a "complete rethink" of preparations for increasingly extreme weather.
Mr Cameron rejected any suggestion of a north/south divide, insisting the Government spends "more per head of the population on flood defences in the north than we do in the south".
As the Met Office issued yellow warnings for rain on Wednesday in Yorkshire, flood-hit residents feared the worst.

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