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New analysis shows scale of last winter's floods

Last winter's floods across the region Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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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River Wear bursts its banks in Durham city

River Wear bursts its banks in Durham Credit: IOT and County Durham/Facebook

There is flooding in the centre of Durham, on the Framwellgate Waterside footpath and on the riverbank paths next to Milburngate Bridge.

The Wear burst its banks in the city centre at around 8pm.
The Environment Agency says the river levels there are rising significantly, and that property flooding is likely from 10pm.

More heavy rain is expected overnight, so river levels in the city will remain high.

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