Herefordshire Council, as the Lead Local Flood Authority have announced the launch of hardship schemes to residents and businesses whose homes or businesses have been flooded.
Following heavy rainfall over recent weeks, Herefordshire experienced significant surface water and river flooding during October and November 2019. Herefordshire Council staff and our contractors Balfour Beatty Living Places, together with the emergency services and voluntary sector organisations, dealt with a large number of road closures, flooded properties, stranded people and abandoned vehicles.
As part of our response, we are launching a Community Flood Recovery Grant worth £500 to each affected household. In order to qualify for the assistance, flood water must have entered the habitable areas of their property, or the residence has been considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding.
Alongside this is a Business Flood Recovery Grant, which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business. To qualify, businesses must be able to evidence that they have been directly impacted or have directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.
Richard Ball, Director of Economy and Place, said: “We appreciate that this has been a difficult time for residents and businesses but the resilience and response of local people and public services has been excellent.
Applications for our hardship schemes will open this week and we would encourage everyone who is entitled to make an application.
“We held a drop-in session in Hereford yesterday and would urge anybody whose home or business has been flooded to attend today’s or next week’s drop-session to find out more about the support that is available.”
The drop-in sessions are:
- Tuesday 10 December; 3.30 – 6.30pm; Hereford Rowing Club, 37 Greyfriars Ave, Hereford HR4 0BE
- Tuesday 17 December; 3.30 – 6.30pm; Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall (lounge), Pontrilas Rd, Ewyas Harold HR2 0EL
Council tax reduction and Business rate reduction is also available for properties affected by the recent floods. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01432 260360 for more information.
To find out more and to apply for funding please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods