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Promises 'broken' over help for flood victims

Flood victims promised help Credit: PA

The Government has been accused of breaking promises to give financial help to victims of flooding. This week marks a year since David Cameron told flood stricken communities that 'money is no object' in the relief effort.

But Labour says new figures reveal that the Government has failed to pay out millions of the promised funds. Households and business with flood damaged property were told that they would be eligible for up to £5000 in grants for repairs.

Over 13,000 households and businesses were directly affected by the 2013/14 winter floods but a year later Labour claims the Government has only paid out:

· Less than one third of the £10m farming recovery fund for farmers affected by flooding · Just over half of the £6m of council tax rebates for flood-damaged properties · Less than a quarter of the £5m sport relief fund for damaged sporting facilities

On a visit to Leeds to see victims of flash flooding in Garforth, Shadow Environment Minister Maria Eagle said more must be done.


Flood-damaged seafarers centre to officially reopen

A centre for seafarers will officially reopen today, nine months after devastating flooding caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused by flooding

The mission needed to have its building completely stripped out after the Immingham docks' defences were breached in the tidal surge last December.

As the tide overtopped the docks, water swept into the centre bringing with it fish, debris and contaminated water.

The centre will be officially opened by a Port Director from Associated British Ports, John Fitzgerald.

ABP provided temporary accommodation so that the mission could continue giving seafarers communication links with their families around the world.


MP: Humber needs protection from flooding

An MP from East Yorkshire has warned that failure to invest in better flood defences could cost the region billions of pounds.

David Davis said the Humber is a national strategic asset which needs protection and failing to do so could lead to flooding on a bigger scale than last December, as Fiona Dwyer reports.

MPs unite over Humber flood defences plea

MPs and councillors from across the political parties attended a debate in Parliament today, to advance the case for improving the Humber’s flood defences.

They say the £32 billion of potential damage, disruption and loss of investment at risk dwarfs the £888 million needed to implement the Environment Agency’s strategy and build up defences. The group will also be meeting with the Prime Minister next week.

Boston still suffering six months after floods

It is six months since Boston experienced the worst flooding it had seen in decades.

Yet many residents are still living in water-damaged homes while thousands of pounds put aside to help them goes unclaimed.

The Environment Agency says less than a fifth of those living in flood risk areas have signed up for its free alerts.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that the damage done to St Botolph's Church is far worse than first thought.

Adam Fowler has the story:

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