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Summary

  1. Environment Agency manager apologises to Christmas flood victims
  2. Angry mood reported among 150 people at Barbican meeting
  3. Some of the audience leave meeting saying they're disappointed
  4. York floods: Live updates from public meeting over December 2015's floods and aftermath

Live Reporting

By Lauren Potts

All times stated are UK

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  1. All our live coverage from the York floods public meeting

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    That's the end of our live coverage of the York floods public meeting at the Barbican.

    There'll be more reaction to what the public officials told the people of York tonight on BBC Radio York's breakfast programme from 06:00 tomorrow.

    Thanks for being with us and have a good night.

  2. Flooding was a 'truly exceptional' circumstance

    The Environment Agency's Mark Scott said even though the pumps have been "more than adequate" for 30 years, he is hopeful the capacity of the Foss barrier can be increased to make it more resilient. 

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     "We can never account for nature. This was a truly exceptional circumstance and we are doing something about it," he said.  

  3. BT exchange hit by power cut which took 36 hours to repair

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    BT regional director Tom Keeney says the floods caused a power cut at the city's exchange, disrupting communications.

    He explained that back-up power ran out and it was difficult for engineers to to get in to make repairs. 

    As a result the recovery operation took them 36 hours.

  4. Did anyone know the Foss barrier might fail?

    The audience is raising questions about a report which warned of risks to the Foss barrier.

    A woman who worked for the council in 2000 told the meeting there were concerns even then that the defences could fail.

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  5. Council chief offers help to couple 'relying on donations'

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    One audience member says he and his partner were away from York on Boxing Day, they live in a first-floor flat and all their stuff was lost, they have been left with nothing and says council won't help them. He says they are relying on donations'

    Council cheife executive Steve Stewart says there are people from council in this meeting who can help him

  6. Flood meeting reaction: 'A wasted opportunity'

  7. Flood meeting a 'waste of time'

    Mike Kemp, BBC Radio York reporter

    People leaving the meeting at the Barbican claim it was a "PR exercise" and not chaired well.

    People leaving meeting

    Some of those I caught on the way out the door say it was a "waste of time". 

  8. Timeline of events during Christmas holiday floods

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    York City Council has produced its own timeline on its flooding advice page.

    It describes it as a "high-level overview" of events from 23 to 31 December - and as you can see below it's very detailed:

    Image of timeline
  9. Under-fire council chief tries to be heard above heckling

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    Cary McMahon, who was a volunteer during the floods clean-up, says there is a palpable anger about the council's recovery effort.

    "The council need to get a grip, it is a disgrace.

    Council chief executive Steve Stewart replies: "That's your opinion".

    He's being heckled and adds: 'I can't help you if you won't let me answer".

    He manages to explain that the council provided 65 skips at their own cost to help with the floods clear-up, provided a 24/7 phone line from Boxing Day, but is further heckled so can't give any more details.

  10. 'Nobody came until 1am' flooded resident complains

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    One lady who has lived on Navigation Road for 25 years says she'd never seen anything like these floods.

    At 7pm on Boxing Day she could see there was a problem but says no one came to her until 1am the following morning to see if she needed evacuating. 

    Sgt Phil McCain, from North Yorkshire Police, answers a question on "warning and informing" people.

    He says they don't have the resources at the click of a button and they had to go to the 600 people at immediate risk of flooding.

  11. Timeline in pictures: A reminder of how events unfolded

    The 28th of December brought with it rescue missions, repairs and a visit from the PM:

    Timeline
    Timeline
  12. Timeline in pictures: A reminder of how events unfolded

    The 27th of December bought more misery for the residents of York as major communication hubs were hit:

    Timeline
  13. Sorry doesn't undo 'trauma' of floods

    People are responding on social media to the Environment Agency's apology over the York floods.

  14. Environment Agency at a loss over Foss barrier failure

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    The Environment Agency says it still doesn't know why the Foss Barrier pumping station flooded so quickly.

    Mark Scott (pictured) told the meeting that investigations are under way to establish where the sudden rush of water came from in the pump room. 

    Mark Scott, Environment Agency

    He said they raised the barrier to prevent more flooding to other homes and businesses - otherwise 1,000 properties would have flooded.

    He added it was "incredibly regrettable" that properties flooded. 

    Those properties which flooded would have flooded even if the barrier hadn't been raised, but would have flooded more quickly.

  15. Flood meeting 'chaos' as people start to walk out

  16. Flooding chief executive: 'No-one died'

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    The council's chief executive Steve Stewart is addressing a very frustrated audience. 

    He said the authority set up rest centres, visited 900 properties of people at risk and those who were elderly and infirm. 

    "The first priority is to make sure no one died - and no one did," he told the meeting.

    Steve Stewart

    He acknowledged however that the message was getting through that the council needs to look at how people were kept informed.

  17. Woman complains over delayed information to riverside residents

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    One woman says she had no idea she was going to be flooded until her husband stepped out into six inches of water. 

    She says there was a seven-hour gap before any official response and that annoys her. 

    She added; "You don't spend Boxing Day watching the Environment Agency website.

    "The police knew, the Environment Agency knew, Silver Command knew at 11am, but those living along the river didn't know."

  18. £10m Foss barrier flood money 'not new'

    There's been some confusion over the announcement we reported earlier that there would be an extra £10m for improvements to the Foss barrier.

    It turns out the cash is part of the £40m package for Yorkshire's flood defences, which was revealed by the prime minister on 3 January.

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  19. Environment Agency says sorry to Christmas flood victims

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    Audience members say they don't have a problem with police and fire and rescue services, but they do have problems with the Environment Agency.

    Mike Scott, from EA, acknowledges victims who have had cold, dirty flood water in their homes over Christmas and says sorry.

    He says they want to work with people who live here, and they don't underestimate how tough it has been for people.

  20. Flood resident: 'Not much to ask?'

    BBC Radio York listeners are posting their questions for the panel on the station's Facebook page. 

    One angry resident posted:

    Facebook question