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Storm Bill Rises

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5:29pm 9th January 2014

The repair bill in the wake of Cornwall's perfect storm rises.

The Council thinks fixing the damage caused by two weeks of heavy rain and gales will cost two million pounds.

Beach huts at Bude were hit; part of Newquay's Fistral surf centre collapsed and the harbour hut at Portreath was torn down.

An emergency fund has being set up to help flood victims.

More than sixty homes and businesses were hit by the storms.

The Cornwall Community Foundation is now appealing for donations.

Meantime Duchy MEP Graham Watson says there is aid available from Europe - if the government asks for it: "It certainly is a matter of urgency but I hope too that they won't leave it at that, that they will recognise that there is a longer term challenge to deal with the effects of climate change to make sure that when there are extreme weather events we are better prepared.

"It seems to me crazy not to apply for money that is there available to member states as part of one of our benefits of being in the European Union, to help out with situations like this."

5:29pm 9th January 2014

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