MORE than £3m has been spent cleaning up the cost of last year’s flooding in Calderdale.
But £3m more funding is needed and the council is working on a grant application to access the money.
The authority had to find £1.5m to carry out repairs, mainly to road surfaces, culverts and associated infrastructure. There remains a backlog of work as a result of resources being directed at flood-hit areas.
The authority ploughed £225,000 more into a business hardship fund.
But a report shows the council has recouped just less than £80,000 from the government Bellwin Scheme, formed to help local authorities under undue financial burden as a result of providing relief and carrying out immediate work due to large-scale emergencies.
A further £1.3m has been spent by the Environment Agency and more than £230,000 has been invested by the Canal and River Trust.
Yorkshire Water has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds, but exact figures are not known.
Councillors on the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel will be told on Thursday that the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has identified an additional £3m towards remedial measures in the Upper Calder Valley.
The report says: “Work is currently under way as part of the development of the recovery plans to identify priorities, develop a work programme and seek final approval for this funding.”
Hard-hit businesses have applied for grant funding totalling £225,000.
The average grant is £1,500 per business and many have used the money from the council’s Economic Fighting Fund to resume trading or to install flood defence barriers and improve their resilience against future flooding.
The council also provided business rates relief to those who had to close after the flooding.
The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) charitable group has received 231 applications for a flood relief grant, totalling over £55,000 and around 30 applications have been approved for a flood resilience grant, totalling around £4,000.