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MIDLAND & E ANGLIAN COUNCILS COUNT COST OF FLOODS

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Concern over the cost of emergency operations during the Easter floods and subsequent clean-up gave way to new fear...
Concern over the cost of emergency operations during the Easter floods and subsequent clean-up gave way to new fears for maintenance budgets, reports Surveyor (p3).

Insurers put the cost of property damage at up to£1bn and deputy prime minister John Prescott said he would carefully examine councils' grant applications under the Bellwin aid scheme.

Around the country councils are now assessing the damage. Worcestershire CC leader Doug Wicksteed warned that the bill could exceed the new authority's£3m reserves, and in Northamptonshire the cost for clearing up the damage is likely to top£60,000 in staff time alone.

The operation to clear debris and disinfect people's homes in Bedford, where the Great Ouse burst its banks, is expected to cost Bedford BC up to£100,000.

In Peterborough, the River Nene flooded the environmental services department's offices and the council had to mobilise 100 staff to pump water and clear roads.
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