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More than a thousand homes and businesses across the North East and North Yorkshire flooded in last year's devastating storms, new analysis shows.
In Northumberland 197 homes and 90 businesses were affected, in North Yorkshire it was 404 homes and 96 firms and in York 350 homes and 157 businesses.
The study, by the Local Government Association, says councils are still helping flood-hit homes to recover from the disruption caused by storms Desmond, Eva and Frank.
Ahead of this winter, town halls are encouraging people to be prepared for future flooding, by taking steps such as checking if they are at risk, signing up to free warnings and identifying what to take with them if they need to evacuate their premises.
Councils say they have been working through the year to help people get back on their feet, collecting ruined household items such as carpets and furniture for disposal and advising on flood protection grants and affordable insurance.
Council leaders are calling for future flood defence to be devolved by the Government to local areas so that councils can work with communities and businesses to ensure money goes to projects that best suit local needs.
Martin Tett, a LGA environment spokesman, said: "Councils are doing everything they can to protect households and businesses from the possibility of further devastating flooding this winter.
"Such was the severity of last year's storms, some councils, who have experienced significant reductions to their core funding, are still helping residents to recover even now."
He said devolving funding to local areas would support projects that reflected needs such as protecting key roads and bridges to keep residents and businesses moving."
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Durham Fire Brigade have rescued a man and a child from a car trapped in rising flood water in Upper Weardale.
The Stanhope fire crew carried out the rescue in Wearhead/Ireshopeburn area.