A businessman, who was a victim of flooding on Thunder Thursday earlier this year, is set to face Christmas out of his home and business.
Paul Gillie from Morpeth had to evacuate guests from his B&B when the River Wansbeck once again burst its bank - for the second time in four years.
A month's rain fell in 24 hours in the Northumberland town.
Mr Gillie is expecting to get the keys back to his home in the new year.
Northumberland County Council has allocated £12 million, with an additional £10.6 million coming from the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, towards the building of flood defences - plans that have been given the go-ahead to start in the new year.