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Nearly 1,000 properties flooded Nearly 1,000 properties flooded

Nearly 1,000 properties have been flooded following exceptional rainfall over the last few days, the Environment Agency has said, as it warned of further flooding today across North East England, North Wales and Northamptonshire.

Although the weather forecast is improving, the agency said further property flooding and disruption is possible across the country as river and groundwater levels are set to peak in the next 48 hours. Large, slow responding rivers, including the Thames, Trent and the Severn, are particularly at risk, it warned.

Addressing Parliament yesterday, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, paid tribute to the emergency services that have worked to evacuate homes and rescue stranded people.

He said the Government will be activating the Bellwin scheme of emergency financial assistance to help local authorities with the immediate costs associated with protecting life and property in their areas.

He said: “The scheme will reimburse local authorities for 85% of their eligible costs above the threshold. Government officials will also discuss recovery arrangements with local authorities in the areas affected.”

Labour MP Mary Creagh asked why only 85% of the costs would be reimbursed when the previous secretary of state said in June that 100% of the costs would be met.

Mr Paterson said the Bellwin scheme has continued in exactly the same vein as the previous Government. He said: "There is a 0.2% threshold, and we have said that we will pay up to 85% of costs. We will keep that under review and keep assessing the situation as it develops."

The minister confirmed that three people had lost their lives over the weekend as a result of the floods. Two were men whose cars were caught up in flood water in Somerset and Cambridgeshire, and the third was a woman who was killed in Devon by a falling tree.

 

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