Lynmouth Floods

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Lynmouth Floods

H.M. 

Scale - wd. be small in Ldn. but is v. heavy in Lynmouth.  Also quite a new experience for them.
First-aid work is going well - emergency Cttee under Clerk of Peace of Co.  1.000 have bn. evacuated - out of 2.000 in joint U.D.C. of Lynton & L'mouth.  They will want to return. I resisted suggn of requisitioning remaing. hotels in L'ton
because this = only source of local income.  Will get caravans in. Losses - of individuals:  profit & stock  }  Ld. Lieut.'s fund.
 Don't overlook loss in other villages.
1) Shd Govt. make reasonable donation to that Fund, wh. covers Devon & Somerset.
 2)  Reconstn.  Roads & bridges.  Heavy expre.  Most are roads  carrying 75% or 50%.  Later on we may have to make an addl  contn.
Will send in to-morrow 1st class engineer.
Not sure river shd. be taken back into old course.
Main risk now is tht. tides will overwhelm rest of town.
Insurance cos. are likely to pay on policies (comprehensive).
Houses - 50 in L'mouth & 50 elsewhere in County.  Where shd. some be built?
Propose i) contn to Fund  ii) state tht. work will be done, & paymt. Will be considered in due course.

P.M. 

Need for some gesture from Govt.  Can't leave it all to private   subsern.


R.A.B. 

Pay £20,000 to relief Fund, at once.
Promise tht. Dpts. will see how best to share out reconstn costs - roads,bridges etc.
Orkneys & Sc. Borders floods - we gave £20.000.

H.M. 

Decn of insurance cos. will affect greatly the size of claims on Fund.


P.M. 

10/= on every £ subscribed up to total Exch. expre of £50.000.


R.A.B. 

Our total expre will be £350.000 or so.
Say tht. extraordinary Exchequer grants will be paid.
Agreed:  £25.000 to Fund.
Statement to Press shd. include Insurance point, & extraordinary Exch. grants.

 

Taken from C.C. 77(52) - Meeting held on 20 August 1952.