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Ribble Valley Flood-Proofing Grant Reminder

Published Monday, 14 March 2016

Ribble Valley households and businesses affected by the December floods are being reminded to take advantage of a Government scheme to help them flood-proof their properties.

Under the Household Flood Resilience Grant Scheme, households affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for up to £5,000 to 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.  

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.

Stuart Hirst, leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said: "Anyone affected by Storms Desmond or Eva is only too aware of the devastating impact flooding can have on their home or business. 

“In the aftermath of a flood there is a huge amount of work to be done to put things right and I urge local residents affected by the floods to apply for a resilience grant to ensure that the impact on their property of any future flooding is minimised as much as possible.” 

Further details and an application form are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111 or visit the Flood Resilience Grant Scheme section.

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