An emergency plan is being drawn up to help combat a repeat of the floods which devastated the Helmsley area nearly a decade ago.
Helmlsey Town Council was told that the Environment Agency is leading on a scheme which will involve local authorities and community groups, enabling them to swing into prompt action in the event of a future flood.
The market town, together with the Hawnby area, suffered extensive damage as a result of a flash flood which saw a summer’s day turn to near tragedy and led to extensive damage to homes and businesses.
Robin Derry, senior community engagement officer with the responsibility of master-minding a flash flood project for the Helmsley area, told councillors that the aim was to have a plan which could be actioned as a rapid response to a flood threat.
A plan has already been done for the beauty spot village of Rievaulx, said Mr Derry, involving the compiling of a list of volunteers and of people, especially old and disabled people, who would be at risk. It also involved a first responder capability list of people and a template is being created with the help of the Town Council. Boltby, Rievaulx, Hawnby and Levisham will be included in the plan, he said.