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Flood Protection Cash

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:46pm 1st April 2014. (Updated at 4:08pm 1st April 2014)

Cornish homes and businesses are being given more money to cope with the winter storms.

The new 'Repair and Renew' grant from the government is to help make properties more flood resilient in the future.

People whose homes and businesses were flooded between 1 December and 31 March can now apply for up to £5,000 through Cornwall Council.

The purpose of the grant is to help people with the cost of buying and installing new measures to reduce the chances of flooding in the first place or limit the damage should they be flooded in the future.

This could include things like a new driveway barrier or replacing doors and windows with water resistant alternatives, or moving electricity sockets to a safer level.

Even if property owners have already fitted new measures following this winter's flooding they can still apply for the grant retrospectively to cover the cost.

Environment Minister Dan Rogerson launched the scheme in Newlyn and said: "My sympathy is with everyone who was affected by the floods this winter.

"We are working hard to help people rebuild their lives, get back on their feet after the flooding and build a more resilient country for the future.

"I would urge anyone who was flooded to apply for a grant to become more flood resilient. This support, coupled with the government's record investment in flood defences, will ensure we are better protected from the risk of flooding in the future."

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Edwina Hannaford, has welcomed the launch: “Cornwall was hit very hard by the storms and floods earlier this year and have left many people struggling to cope physically and financially. Cornwall’s communities are incredibly resilient and these new grants will help them to make their homes and business premises more prepared for severe weather and flooding in the future. 

“There are a number of schemes available to help people whose properties have been damaged by flooding and I’m very pleased that people can now apply for help from the Repair and Renew scheme as well.”

Households, businesses - including social enterprises - and charitable organisations whose premises have been damaged internally by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 can now apply to Cornwall Council for assistance through the new, one off, grant scheme.

To be able to qualify for a grant, the flooded property will need to meet certain criteria including:

  • The interior of the applicant’s home or business premises must have been damaged by flooding between December 2013 and March 2014
  • The grants are to help households and businesses pay for repairs to improve their property's ability to withstand future flooding
  • The applicant must not have received other sources of public or insurance funding to establish the same resilience measures applied for e.g. from the Property Level Protection scheme
  • Grant claims can only be made once an installation has been fully completed and contractors have been paid

Advice on on selecting the most appropriate resilience and/or resistance measures is available on the Property Protection Adviser website: http://nationalfloodforum.org.uk/property-level-protection-community-tool/

More information about the Repair and Renew grants, and other schemes available to help people affected by flooding, is on the Cornwall Council website www.cornwall.gov.uk/floodrelief

Government information and advice about flooding and recovery in parts of the UK can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-floods-2014-government-response

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