Over 100 Ribble Valley households and businesses affected by last year’s December floods have received grants totalling £414,000 to protect their properties from future flooding.
And anyone who has not yet applied for the funds is advised to do so without delay, as work must be completed and invoices paid by 9 December.
Under the Flood Resilience Grant Scheme, households and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for up to £5,000 to flood-proof their properties.
The grants are intended to help home and business owners put measures in place to improve their 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 December floods.
“The Flood Resilience Grant Scheme is playing a significant part in reducing the impact of future flooding on vulnerable properties and anyone who has not applied is advised to do so without delay.”
The scheme funds external and internal measures aimed at keeping water out of a property, or reducing the damage caused by flooding, such as 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.