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Ribble Valley Properties to get Cash for Flood-Proofing

Published Friday, 15 January 2016

A scheme to help householders and businesses flood-proof their properties has been launched.

Under the Flood Resilience Grant Scheme, households and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes more resistant and resilient to flooding.

The grants are intended to help homeowners and businesses 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 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 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 airbrick 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.

Eligible households will be visited by a property protection advisor, who will give a clear idea about the measures needed and the available funding.

Further details and an application form are available from the Household Flood Resilience Grant Scheme page.

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