Cornwall storm damage bill - £4 million and rising
Storm damage will cost Cornwall more than £4million, it has emerged.
Cornwall Council said the bill for dealing with the extreme weather stood at £4million and rising.
Roads have been ripped up and rock armour put in place to protect coastal areas as storms have relentlessly battered the coast.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for communitites, said: “Last week we were looking at a repair bill somewhere in the region of £3million.
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“Now it’s fair to say it’s £4million but we can’t put an exact figure on it because every day there is more storm damage.”
Mr Brown said Newquay, Portreath and Perranporth were all hit again over the weekend.
“Yesterday we had the south-easterly winds and a hole appeared in Newlyn. Every day the cost is escalating.”
Staff from Cormac, the council’s civil-engineering company, have been out repairing storm damage every day since January 3.
Engineers are waiting for a break in the weather to carry out full assessments of the damage but storms are set to continue into the middle of next week.
Money is being taken from Cornwall Council reserves to meet the £4million bill.
Cornwall Council can apply for funding from central government under the Bellwin scheme. The council could get 85 per cent of money spent on emergency responses after the first £1.4 million.
But there is no central government money available for any capital investment in improving sea defences around the coast.
Mr Brown said: “We are doing as much as we can and will continue to do what we can but with a diminishing pot of money it is difficult.”