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Storm Henk flood funding on offer

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Gloucestershire residents whose property or business was flooded during Storm Henk between January 2-12 could be eligible for up to £5,000 of grant funding.

The Property Flood Resilience repair grant scheme will assist home and business owners to improve the resilience of their property, reducing the level of damage should flooding happen again.

The funding, supplied by the Government, allows up to £5,000 per property to make improvements that will help properties withstand and recover from flooding.

The grant is only to be used for improvements to a property to reduce future flood damage and is not a compensation for previous damage.

Improvements could include installing flood gates and pumps, raising plug sockets, or tiling floors.

To find out if you are eligible for the funding, complete an Expression of Interest form by the deadline of 30 April 2024 and the council will respond to your application.

There are further grants available through the district councils. These include a £500 community recovery grant if your home was flooded or unliveable for more than 48 hours, and a 100% Council Tax discount for a minimum of three months if your property was flooded during Storm Henk.

For further information on each grant and to complete an Expression of Interest form, visit https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/flood-risk-management/flooding-information/flood-guide/financial-help/flood-recovery-grants/.

Cllr Dom Morris, Cabinet member responsible for flooding at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work with the Government and district councils to offer this grant funding to our residents.

“I would urge all those eligible following Storm Henk to take up these funding opportunities to ensure we are better protected in the event of future flooding.”

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