Brown promises £14m for floods


Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised an extra 14 million pounds to help regions hit by June's floods as he toured the most badly hit areas in northern England yesterrday.

"I am taking immediate action to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the floods," said Mr Brown.

He said the funding was to get people "back on their feet as quickly as possible."

But the council leader of Hull, where 16,000 homes have been damaged, said the money was not enough.

"There is a massive reconstruction effort that needs to go on in Hull and South Yorkshire," Mr Carl Minns told BBC television.

"That needs cold, hard cash from the government. It needs a lot more than what Mr Gordon Brown has promised today," he added.

Thousands are still clearing up two weeks after torrential rain hit Humberside, Yorkshire and the Midlands, overwhelming drains and river banks.

Insurers are expecting 1.5 billion pounds of claims for damage to homes and businesses.