The government announced that communities that suffered from ‘exceptional localised flooding’ could apply for a scheme to get them quickly back on their feet.
Storm Henk left many areas of the country under water with Nottinghamshire particularly badly affected after the River Trent reached almost record levels.
The measures set out in the Flood Recovery Framework mean that help will be available for flooded households and businesses who can get £500 cash and council/business tax relief for three months. The Business Recovery Grant provides £2500 for smaller businesses in affected areas.
The Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme is already in place and allows property owners to apply for up to £5000 for preventative measures. Another fund is in place for farmers who suffer uninsurable damage to their land.
The government said that the Environment Agency teams and first responders had been ‘working around the clock to manage the risk of flooding and protect communities by operating flood defences, clearing watercourses and putting up temporary barriers where needed.’
“I know how difficult flooding is for those affected and we will do all we can do support households, farmers and other businesses as they repair and rebuild. 45,000 properties are already protected thanks to our flood defences, and I would like to pay tribute to the work of Environment Agency teams, first responders, and others.”Environment Secretary, Steve Barclay.
Local councils will provide further details on how households and business on eligibility and how to apply.