Clean-up operation begins in York


As water levels on the river Ouse begin to stabilise, the residents of York are beginning the task of cleaning up following the floods this week.

Despite flood defences, many properties in York were left flooded, as the River Ouse reached a near-record level of 5.07m on Thursday morning.

In particular, Cumberland Street and the Leeman Road area of York was badly affected after the sewer system was overloaded and water flowed out of the drains.

York City Councils Labour leader expressed his frustrations stating that some of the problems could have been avoided if a £3.2m flood defence scheme had not been delayed until later this year.

James Alexander said: "The previous government gave the money [for the defences] and the new government withdrew it, saying that the council had to put in some additional money.

"We put in that additional money, and the latest I heard was that the Environment Agency were trying to use it for other areas outside of York... this wrangling means that the flood defences are not here and this has been going on for years."

Many homes have suffered major damage, with flooring, electrics, windows, garage doors, walls and ceilings all being affected. The cost of the flood is expected to be in the tens of millions of pounds.

Please call 01904 275 182 for more information.

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