Moray Bailed out; Towns to Be Given [Pounds Sterling]2m Extra Flood Money
Byline: GERARD BURKE
DEVASTATED towns in Morayshire are to receive an extra [pounds sterling]2million from the government to help pay for the damage caused by flooding in the area earlier this year.
Some of the money from the Scottish Office will be used to help the local council prevent a repeat of the deluge, which caused an estimated [pounds sterling]60million of damage, and the remainder will be spent on repair work.
One man died when the floods hit Elgin and the surrounding area, and hundreds were made homeless as the River Lossie burst its banks and inundated the North-East town.
Announcing the extra funds, Malcolm Chisholm, Scottish housing and local government minister, said that the July floods in Moray were the worst in living memory. But he said that the Government would follow through on its commitment to help with the cleanup costs.
Mr Chisholm said: 'I am now making an additional [pounds sterling]815,000 available to Moray Council to meet the full costs of repairs needed to bridges and buildings, as well as [pounds sterling]150,000 to help the Council commission a full report on the cause of the flooding.' He said that a further [pounds sterling]1million had been allocated for help in repairing flood-damaged council houses, and said he would 'look sympathetically' at the council's request for an additional [pounds sterling]500,000 next year. …