#YORKFLOODS - Some James St travellers still can't go home
1:04pm 19th April 2016
(Updated 4:29pm 19th April 2016)
Travellers should be able to return to their flood hit site on James Street in York tomorrow (Weds).It follows repairs to the site by the City of York council.
Ten families are still unable to join their neighbours because their caravans were destroyed and they have nowhere to live.
Back in December after the Foss and Tang HAll beck burst their banks the whole area was engulfed by dirty muddy water. Homes were runied and thousands of pounds of damage was caused. Due to the fact that part of the site is in a dip the water couldn't escape. Homes were evacuated but to add to the misery there were thefts of goods that were left behind,
Now Repair work has been completed over the last few months and many of the residents are due back in tomorrow.
AUDIO - Christine Shepherd - Chief Officer York Travellers Trust
"People lost absolutely everything and we've been working to try and get new caravans for them
to live in. The site opens tomorrow but ten of the families are still displaced"
VIDEO FLASHBACK to December in this Travellers Trust film
The City of York council told us ..
Work has been carried out on James Street Travellers’ site with the amenity blocks having the same, intensive drying treatments as other council properties and refurbishment carried out where needed and along the same lines and standards as the homes.
Working with the Travellers Trust, support to source grants to replace flood-damaged essentials and mobile homes has also helped them get back on their feet.
Meanwhile, long-term resilience measures covered by the national Flood Resilience Grants are being considered for the Travellers’ site and for flood-affected council homes.
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