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Flood advice roadshow comes to York

A flood advice roadshow is being held in York later to help those affected by the the storms which hit the city over winter.

Thousands of homes and businesses in York were affected by the floods in December

The Flood Advisory Service will provide information about how to protect homes and businesses from flooding.


Flood insurance scheme to be launched

People throughout the region who have struggled to insure their homes after flooding could be helped by a new scheme that is being launched this week.

Flooding devastation in Mytholmroyd Credit: ITV News

The Flood Re programme is aimed at making insurance more accessible and cheaper for those in high risk areas.

Meanwhile council leaders in Leeds will be meeting to discuss the city's strategy for dealing with flooding.

It is three months since the city was hit by devastating floods on Boxing Day.


£5 million advertising fund to boost flooded York businesses

Flooded properties in Tower Street, York, in December 2015 Credit: Press Association

A £5 million fund is being made available to flood-hit businesses and attractions in York to advertise that they are open.

The announcement follows a £1 million publicity campaign a cut-price rail fares to encourage tourism to flood-hit areas around Easter.

Around 200 businesses in the city were flooded after Christmas.

Warnings of more flooding as heavy rain forecast

The Environment Agency has issued a warning to communities in Yorkshire about possible flooding and disruption to travel on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Heavy rain is forecast as well as high tides.

Rivers in the county already affected by record levels throughout the wettest December on record are most at risk, with the potential for heavy rainfall causing them to rise again, and drains to flood.

Environment Agency teams have been working around the clock responding to the recent floods and then helping communities recover.

Since last month, inspections of more than 7,000 Environment Agency assets have been completed and repair work is underway at many sites.

We will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary as rivers respond to the rainfall. This could also cause drains to overflow, so people need to be ready for flash flooding in some places. Environment Agency teams are already out checking flood defences, clearing trash screens and blockages in watercourses and culverts.

Disruption to travel and some flooding of low-lying land and individual properties is possible. We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades, and not to drive through flood water.

– Clare Dinnis, National Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency
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