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Archbishop praises good Samaritans in the north

ARCHBISHOP of York John Sentamu yesterday praised the “modern-day good Samaritans” who responded to floods across northern England as the undercroft in his own palace was being pumped out.
Water from the River Ouse inundated the cellars of Bishopthorpe Palace, near York, the official home of Dr Sentamu.
The archbishop said the Christmas period has been difficult for many families, “many of whom will have been completely unprepared for the inundation which is currently happening.”
He said: “Besides the shock and danger of the floods themselves, for those flooded out the drying time and clean-up period will be long, tedious, costly and sheer hard work.
“It is no surprise, however, to see the people of York responding with tremendous spirit, resolve, and generosity to the plight of their flooded neighbours at this time.
“The city council, the emergency services, and a great army of volunteers are rising to the challenge with characteristic courage and compassion. 
“I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all those who are giving up their time to help and care for those who have been flooded out.
“You are our modern-day good samaritans. I salute your readiness to respond to your neighbour’s need.”


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