Floods: clean-up bill tops £1 million

PUBLISHED: 11:32 30 December 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

FURTHER flooding woes in the Otter Valley in the run-up to Christmas have added an extra £100,000 to the clean-up bill from October 30.

FURTHER flooding woes in the Otter Valley in the run-up to Christmas have added an extra £100,000 to the clean-up bill from October 30. More than £1 million has been dished out by local authorities in the wake of the freak rain and hail storms which caused devastation in East Devon and further downpours on December 12 set back the repair bid. The county council's executive member for environment, Margaret Rogers, said she had been "staggered" at the cost of the flood clean-up and added: "It just shows the effects new weather conditions are having on the county. The costs are rising and I don't see that diminishing." The vast majority of the money has been spent by Devon County Council, which is responsible for clearing debris and cleaning up the roads and has already forked out around £500,000 to do so. More misery will see that figure swell by at least £100,000. With more severe weather predicted, Ottery residents fear insurance premium increases and have called for action to be taken to protect their homes and businesses. Chris Garlick, of Thorne Farm Way, where residents have suffered flooding twice in six weeks, said: "People are very worried, they assume that, if we keep claiming, our insurance premiums will go through the roof.

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