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Flood recovery update

Recovery work is continuing in Herefordshire and local public services are working closely together to get the county back to normal. The Recovery Co-ordination Group brings all these agencies together. At its most recent meeting the group heard that the best estimate of the financial impact of the floods (taking into account the total damage to properties, and infrastructure) could be up to £10m.

We are aware of 40 homes that were flooded internally, but many more were affected in other ways (for example flooded gardens, outbuildings, driveways and local roads). We are aware of 24 business premises that were flooded internally and others that were impacted by loss of access and resultant loss of trade.

Anyone who has been affected by flooding and hasn’t already been in contact for support can register at LINK

The condition of the network has been worsened by the floods. For more information see Severe weather road damage frequently asked questions on our newsroom. Emergency repairs are being undertaken across the county and all Herefordshire Council bridges are being inspected by specialist contractors.

We supplied over 20,000 sandbags. We are recommending that most people keep hold of their sandbags. If you are concerned that sandbags have been contaminated by sewage please contact us. For more information see Keep sandbags for future flooding in our newsroom.

Help available to local businesses and householders

We are offering three months council tax or business rates relief to homes or businesses which have been flooded internally due to the recent adverse weather. The relief available amounts to 100% off three months worth of either business rates or council tax. Funding for this support is coming directly from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The government has announced a Repair and Renew Grant. This is a new scheme to provide one-off grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that have been flooded. This grant is intended only to fund measures which improve the property's resilience or resistance to flooding over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. We’re still waiting for more information on this grant.

Herefordshire Council has been allocated just £20,000 to date for the Business Support Scheme. We hope that further funding may be made available to us over the next couple of weeks. This is a scheme to support small and medium sized businesses that have been directly and indirectly affected by the floods. To be eligible the business must have been impacted by the floods and suffered sustained hardship and significant loss of trade as a result of the flooding.

What to do if you need help

We will provide details of how to apply for relief as soon as we can.

In the meantime please contact us so that we can get in touch when further information becomes available.

If your home has been affected by flooding, please email the details to StHodges@herefordshire.gov.uk or phone 01432 261923.

If your business has been affected, please contact us at economicinvestment@herefordshire.gov.uk or call 01432 261758.

Follow this link for more information on the Government’s recovery support schemes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flood-support-schemes-funding-available-from-central-government

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