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Flood funds handed out while misery continues

Floods recovery minister John Healey has announced that North East Derbyshire District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council and will receive payments totalling over £70,000 from the Government to help with their costs in clearing up after the summer's floods.

These payments are being made under the Bellwin scheme which covers costs incurred by local authorities on immediate action to safeguard life and property or prevent suffering as a result of a disaster or emergency.

North East Derbyshire District Council will receive £5,770 and West Oxfordshire District Council will receive £64,621

This brings total payments under the Bellwin scheme so far to £2,247,980. This is on top of up to £63 million of other Government support for all flood-hit areas, with more money set to follow.

But residents near Hull remain under risk of further flooding.

The Environment Agency has warned that people living in Nafferton, Burstwick and Hedon are facing a high risk of flooding.

This means homes and business should take immediate precautions against floodwater.