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Plan drawn up to combat repeat of flash floods

MONDAY JUNE 20 2005 NORTH YORKSHIRE FLOOD FLOODS FLOODING
Anna Bramall removes an equestrian  painting from her deluged home at Merry Hall stables, Boltby, near Helmsley after floods devastated the North Yorkshire area. Picture: Terry Carrott

MONDAY JUNE 20 2005 NORTH YORKSHIRE FLOOD FLOODS FLOODING Anna Bramall removes an equestrian painting from her deluged home at Merry Hall stables, Boltby, near Helmsley after floods devastated the North Yorkshire area. Picture: Terry Carrott

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.

 

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