The York floods in numbers: 13,000 sandbags, 416 inundated properties, 50 ruined fridges

Winner Winner restaurant on King's Staith on December 27, 2015. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
25 Jan 2016 @ 10.52 pm
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Exactly one month after the floods on Boxing Day, York is counting the cost.

City of York Council has assessed its operations so far and the figures are quite eye-opening. But there is also a sense of pride at the community effort to help those afflicted.

Council leader Chris Steward said:

Hundreds of staff worked beyond their usual remit, completing substantially extended shifts including overnight duties.

Others worked alongside community efforts to support flood-affected residents and businesses, and many volunteered as individuals in their own right to support the extraordinary contribution of volunteers from the city and beyond.

So here are the floods in figures, as supplied by City of York Council.

Sandbags

Thousands of sandbags were deployed in York. Photograph © Canislupus
Thousands of sandbags were deployed in York. Photograph © Canislupus

13,000 sandbags were deployed to existing flood defences, key utility installations, hospitals, schools, communication centres, care homes and operational emergency services premises and essential roads

1,000 given to Cawood and 400 to James Street Travellers’ site

Although local authorities are not required to supply sandbags for individual residential and commercial properties, these were provided on request and where available for premises at risk of flooding.

Visits and calls

York council's HQ. Photograph © Google Street View
York council’s HQ. Photograph © Google Street View

Around 900 homes have been visited to offer advice and ask what help is required

262 businesses visited

More than 1,000 flood-related calls were answered between 27 and 31 December (not including data from 6pm 27 December to 9am 29 December when phone lines were down and mobiles were in use)

Helpers

A soldier at the height of the floods. Photograph: Nigel Holland
A soldier at the height of the floods. Photograph: Nigel Holland

The council has more than 100 volunteers on its database

200 army personnel helped out

More than 250 residents volunteered

300 students volunteered

25 different community groups offered support from across the country and helped to:

  • fill sandbags
  • clean affected areas
  • pack and distribute supplies.

Homes hit

Some of the homes hit by the floodwaters in York
Some of the homes hit by the floodwaters in York

Around 416 properties are confirmed as internally flooded

Includes 47 council homes and 20 homes at James Street Travellers’ site

250 people evacuated from homes

120 residents used the rest centre at Archbishop Holgate School for temporary respite before moving on to friends and family

34 York streets had flood-affected properties

5 villages were affected: Acaster Malbis, Naburn, Elvington, Poppleton and Osbaldwick.

Council tenancies

Tenants of Alex Lyon House were relocated to other council residential homes.

5 made their own arrangements declining an offer of accommodation

15 were accommodated temporarily but have returned home

3 remain in a nursing home

6 still in temporary accommodation.

Businesses and schools

A flooded Walmgate. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
A flooded Walmgate. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr

157 businesses confirmed as flooded

All of York schools opened as planned for the new term on 4 January.

Waste recovery

The skips soon filled up. Photograph: Richard McDougall
The skips soon filled up. Photograph: Richard McDougall

74 skips were placed around the city. They were emptied 234 times of 210 tonnes of flood-damaged waste.

Between 28 December and 20 January, 124 deliveries of flood-damaged waste totalling 213 tonnes were taken to Harewood Whin landfill site

12 collection rounds picked up 50 fridges from flood-affected homes.

Financial support paid

Many thousands of pounds have been paid out
Many thousands of pounds have been paid out

£137,000 recovery grant paid to 274 residents (with a one-off payment of £500)

Council Tax exemptions totalling £118,200 for 351 properties directly affected by flooding

York’s Disaster Fund has paid out £18,900 to all 46 applicants

Business Rates exemptions totalling £600,000 for 115 businesses directly affected by flooding

£78,500 resilience grants paid to 38 eligible businesses.

More financial support is available: go to the council’s flood pages to find more.