Taxpayers in North Yorkshire face a £3 million bill for flood repairs after last month's heavy rain.
The county council has confirmed the cost of repairs to roads and bridges could run into seven figures as several parts of the area were left under water.
The A1 motorway was closed for more than a day as stretches near Catterick flooded.
In Boroughbridge, people had to be rescued from their homes and a bridge in Scorton will have to be rebuilt.
The council is now asking the Government for financial help under the Belwin Scheme, set up to help councils with funding following major emergencies, but it is not sure whether its application will be successful.
The authority is already facing budget cuts of £69 million.
Councillor John Watson, who is the executive member for financial services, says "the unexpected bill of £3 million is the last thing the council needs at a time when it is faced with an extremely challenging situation".