Counting the cost of the floods - £750,000 estimated damage

134934c'After the high tide'The scene of devastation at the Yorkshire Water site on North Bay where the sea wall has also been badly damaged'Picture by Neil Silk'05/12/13
134934c'After the high tide'The scene of devastation at the Yorkshire Water site on North Bay where the sea wall has also been badly damaged'Picture by Neil Silk'05/12/13
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Scarborough Council said it is facing at massive repair bill from last week’s floods.

Councillor William Chatt, portfolio holder for public health and housing at the council, said his town, where the sea defences were damaged, was looking at a considerable repair bill.

“At a minimum, (it will be) hundreds of thousands, “ he said. “We could be talking well in excess of £500,000, even £750,000.

“I do think we need to discuss whether we make a plea to the Government for help to get through this because at the end of the day we are a holiday destination and people don’t want to see a place that’s damaged and destroyed.”

Among the local businesses affected, the Newcastle Packet Inn, on the sea front, has been shut since Thursday. Its cellar was flooded and landlady Kath Duffy, 68, who lives there, has been without power. For warmth, she has been sleeping downstairs in the pub.

“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, “ she said.