Fund opened up following weekend’s flash floods
Residents affected by flash floods as a result of the weekend’s torrential rain are being encouraged by the borough council to apply for a grant to assist them.
The grants are being made available from the EDP Norfolk & Lowestoft Flood Appeal which was established after the tidal surge in December last year, thanks to the generosity of local businesses, individuals, and charity groups. £335,000 was raised in the wake of the storm surge, £26,000 of which remains unallocated. The EDP is making that fund available to those who are in need now.
Around 26 properties in the Upwell and Outwell area have been affected and staff from the borough council have made house visits to inform them that this fund is available.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Marketing, said: “We were saddened to hear that so many people had been affected by flooding at the weekend as a result of the torrential rain. Working with the Norfolk Community Foundation and the EDP, we are delighted that we are able to offer some relief to those families in the form of a small grant of up to £500 per property to mitigate any uninsured losses.”
Applications forms are available on the borough council’s website at http://www.west-norfolk.gov.
In addition the borough council has also agreed to pick up, free of charge, any flood-damaged bulky items such as carpets or fridges.
Cllr Nockolds added: “We are advising people to check with their insurers before they contact us to remove such items. Once the insurance assessors are satisfied, we will arrange a collection. People affected by the flood just need to contact us by calling 01553 616200 or by e-mailing [email protected].”