North Yorkshire’s residents and businesses are being reminded that they may be eligible for a range of grants and financial support to help them recover from the floods.
The Government is providing funding to enable both the district and county council to provide grants which include funding of up to £5,000 to support the resistance and resilience of their property as part of a national package of financial support available.
The resilience grant will enable those who have been flooded to better prepare their homes and businesses for future flood events, both to prevent flood water from entering the property and to speed the recovery if it does.
The council has already contacted many of the people and businesses who were flooded at the end of 2015, inviting them to apply for this grant.
Anyone who thinks that they may be eligible for a grant should visit the North Yorkshire County Council website, www.northyorks.gov.uk/flooding and complete the ‘Flood resilience and repair grant’ application form online. Alternatively, hard copies of the forms, and assistance with completing your application, can be requested by contacting the County council on 01609 780780
Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said:
These grants are available to help people and businesses protect their properties from any future flooding and it’s important that anyone who thinks they are eligible, to apply – I would urge them to get in touch to find out.
We know that recovering from these recent events is a very difficult process and therefore we want to encourage as many people as possible to get all the support they need.
The North Yorkshire flood appeal, set up by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, is also appealing for residents affected by flooding to get in touch, and apply for funding. The funds from the appeal are to benefit people living in North Yorkshire and more information is available at www.trcf.org.uk
There is advice on understanding flood risk from the National Flood Forum and their website sets out a step-by-step process for householders and links to a wide range of other sources of information, including the ‘Blue Pages, which list a range of flood products and service providers, www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk