Whitby MP Robert Goodwill has announced that individuals and businesses affected by flooding caused by the tidal surge before Christmas will be eligible to apply for financial help.
Mr Goodwill, who has been attending Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) meetings in London regarding the recent flooding in the South, said he is glad that flood victims in Whitby are also being offered help.
He explained: “The help which has been announced by the Prime Minister does not just apply to victims of the more recent flooding in Somerset.
“It also applies to people who were affected by the first tranche, including those in Scarborough and Whitby.”
Mr Goodwill said that the tidal surge, which happened in December, affected 56 properties in Scarborough and 115 in Whitby.
The worst affected place was Boston, Lincolnshire, with 583 homes and businesses under water.
Mr Goodwill explained that homeowners and businesses will be able to apply for a repair grant of up to £5,000.
Also, affected businesses will be given 100 per cent relief on their business rates for three months, then and extra three months to pay the business rates they owe.
Mr Goodwill said: “This is very good news. The £5,000 to pay for flood defence measures will go quite a long way in some cases.”
For more reaction to the news, see this week’s Whitby Gazette