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Government Minister Visits Flood-hit Villages

Cabinet Office Minister Phil Hope has visited two of the villages in Northamptonshire which were hit by the July floods.

During his visit to Kings Sutton and Helmdon, Mr Hope met South Northamptonshire council leader Sandra Barnes and chief executive Jean Morgan in Towcester to discuss how the council responded to the flooding.

He toured Helmdon, where about 10 houses were flooded and the local school was forced to close.

Mr Hope said: "There has been some tremendous co-operation within communities to support the victims of this summer's flooding.

"In Helmdon, charities like the Red Cross and Salvation Army pulled together to have a reception centre for potential evacuees up and running as soon as the emergency plan was activated."

He added: "So often, charities and volunteers can be the unsung heroes but in situations of crisis they are often among the first to help; providing food, shelter and compassion for those affected.

"They deserve our thanks and our support to ensure they continue to play a vital role in emergency response and recovery, alongside statutory agencies such as the police, fire service and local authorities."

Efforts have been made to ensure the resumption of normal business in Northamptonshire following the floods, including more than 73,000 being issued to the county in Government aid.

This includes 50,000 from the Department for Children, Schools and Families for affected schools, including Helmdon Primary School, and a 23,000 flood recovery grant to South Northamptonshire.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo – 30th August 2007



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