Only half of flood victims asked for help

Whalley floods (s)
Whalley floods (s)

Only half of the people whose homes were affected by the devastating December floods have applied for grant aid.

Six months after the disaster in the Ribble Valley a Flood Resilience Expo has been organised to let people know what is available to help them them protect their homes and businesses should the flooding happen again.

Organised by the Whalley and Billington Flood Action Group, a voluntary organisation that was set up in the wake of the floods, Director Gillian Darbyshire said: “Ribble Valley has a flood resilence grant which offers up to £5,000 towards the installation of flood protection measures yet only half the people affected have applied for it.

“Many residents do not know what products are available or what would be most suitable for their property so the Expo will give them a chance to seek advice with a view to applying for the grant which will help them better protect their homes in the future.”

The Expo takes place at Mytton Fold Hotel in Langho on Tuesday, June 14th, from 3pm to 8pm.

It is aimed at anyone affected by flooding and broad range of flood protection products will be on display. Flood protection specialists, Ham Baker Group, will be exhibiting with several companies and representatives from Ribble Valley Council, Lancashire County Council and the Environment Agency will be there. The flood action group will also have a stand as it is looking into short term resilience measures and a long term defence scheme.

The Expo is free to attend and open to all and the next meeting of the flood action group is on Tuesday, July 14th, at Billington Band Club at 7pm. Anyone affected by flooding issues is welcome to the session.