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Government shares out flood cash
Floods in Beverley, East Yorkshire
Thousands of homes were devastated by the floods
Hull has received the biggest payout from government aid aimed at helping communities recover from last month's devastating floods.

The city has been allocated 2.1m of 8m awarded so far to help the massive clear-up operations.

Doncaster has received the second highest sum - 1.6m - with East Riding, Wakefield and Sheffield given 600,000.

The leader of Hull City Council welcomed the emergency money, but said it was only "a drop in the ocean".

Carl Minns described Hull as the "forgotten city" after the floods, and the council has said the cost of the flood damage could hit 200m.

Floods Recovery Minister John Healey said the money would help but admitted that more was needed.

Mr Healey announced how money would be shared out among the 34 flood-hit local authorities, which cover large parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Response praised

It is part of a 10m humanitarian package, announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Saturday, to help those people with the greatest needs.

The remaining 2m will be allocated following an updated assessment of the damage.

We must avoid a situation where it is the hard-pressed council taxpayer that is left to foot the bill
Sir Simon Milton
Chairman of the Local Government Association

A further 3m will go to meet claims from local authorities to help with the cost of repairing roads and bridges, and 1m will meet grant applications to cover replacement of essential household items for vulnerable flood victims.

Mr Healey said: "I've met residents, businesses and local authorities in the flood-hit communities about the clean-up challenges they face.

"I know this money will help but I also know more is needed."

Sir Simon Milton, chairman of the Local Government Association, praised the government for acting quickly but said it was too early too gauge what the eventual cost would be for the 34 councils.

He said: "Local authorities will inevitably need to go back to the government in the months that come to ensure that local people get all the help that they need.

"We must avoid a situation where it is the hard-pressed council taxpayer that is left to foot the bill."

Freak event

Other funding, especially to help businesses, has been made available by the Regional Development Agencies, with 2.5m allocated in the Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands regions.

A further 1m has been made available to help the West Midlands' tourism economy recover.

A BBC survey of local councils suggests that more than 28,000 properties were affected by June floods.

Our downstairs ended up being under 4 feet of water
Louise, Chesterfield

Four people died in the floods and thousands of people are still in temporary accommodation.

On Thursday, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn launched a government inquiry into the causes and responses to the "once in a 400-year event".

It is to be led by officials from the Cabinet Office, despite calls from the Conservative Party for an independent inquiry.

Initial findings should be published by the end of the year, and a further review will be held at a later stage into the long-term recovery effort for affected areas.

Map: Flood aid recipients
Other awards:
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Birmingham City Council
North Lincolnshire District Council
Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council
Lichfield District Council
Leeds City Council
Wyre Forest District Council


South Shropshire District Council
Derbyshire Dales District Council
West Lindsey District Council
Boston Borough Council
Selby District Council
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Bridgnorth District Council
Malvern Hills District Council
Gloucester City Council
Harrogate Borough Council
Warwick District Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
Gedling Borough Council
Ashfield District Council
Cheltenham Borough Council

Source: Department of Communities and Local Government

A family living in temporary shelter on life since the floods

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