£5,000 each to protect flood-hit Ribble valley homes

The big clean up op begins in Whalley after the floods (s)
The big clean up op begins in Whalley after the floods (s)

Ribble Valley households affected by the recent floods can receive up to £5,000 to protect their properties from future flooding.

Under the Household Flood Resilience Grant Scheme, households affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for the funds to help make their properties more resistant and resilient to flooding.

The grants are intended to help homeowners put measures in place to improve the property’s resistance and resilience to flooding over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “We have been working hard with the Government and other agencies to help homeowners and businesses get back on their feet following the Boxing Day floods.

“Households affected by the floods have received £500 emergency grants and 100 per cent relief from council tax for a minimum of three months, while businesses have also received business rates relief for three months.

“The Household Flood Resilience Grant Scheme will also play a significant part in reducing the impact of any future flooding.”

The scheme will fund resistance measures designed to help keep water out and resilience measures, which are internal modifications intended to reduce the damage caused by flood water.

Measures could include the installation of air brick covers, sewerage bungs, toilet pan seals, non-return valves, water-resistant mortar, door guards, flood doors, raised ovens, waist-height power sockets and wall-mounted boilers, as well as the waterproofing of external walls.

Further details and an application form are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111 or ribblevalley.gov.uk.