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Cost of flooding hits £1bn mark and is still rising


THE COST of the flooding that swept through Yorkshire, the Midlands and Lincolnshire last week is £1bn and counting, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has warned.

New environment minister Hilary Benn conrmed on Monday that 300 people remained in temporary accommodation and added that although electricity and gas supplies had been mainly restored, some sewage treatment plants would remain out of action for several weeks.

Some 27,000 homes and 5,000 businesses were hit by the oods.

Water from the damaged Ulley Dam continued to be pumped out (see page 6) and work continued to shore up a ood bank to protect properties at Bentley, near Doncaster and to remove water at Toll Bar and at Hedon near Hull.

'Further heavy rainfall is predicted for next weekend and I must caution that with saturated ground and very high ground water levels in some areas, further ooding may occur, ' Benn told Parliament this week.

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