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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Flooding devastation cost Bradford district about £5 million, meeting told

Flooding devastation cost Bradford district about £5 million, meeting told

Flooding devastation cost Bradford district about £5 million, meeting told

The devastating Boxing Day floods dominated a council meeting, as councillors from all parties agreed lessons needed to be learned about its response to the crisis.
Councillors heard that some flooding victims had waited days for officials from Bradford Council to visit, others were passed from pillar to post as they called different agencies for help and yet more people were told on Christmas Day the only way they could get any sandbags was by buying them from a DIY shop, which was closed.
The meeting of the full council – the first since the floods – heard the devastation had cost the district an estimated £5m. It saw all parties agree to a comprehensive review of how the authority and other bodies handled the situation and what can be done to prevent similar scenes from happening in the future.
Councillors shared hair-raising stories from their own patches about how people had been affected by the floods.
There were accounts of caravans left up trees, elderly people stranded in their own homes wearing sopping-wet slippers and holes torn in the sides of buildings by the sheer force of the water.
Many councillors said gullies and culverts in their areas had not been cleared of debris, adding to the flooding woes, while the council’s helpline number also came in for fierce criticism.

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