Support and funding advice at flood fair

Flood gate holding back floodwater
A flood gate holding back floodwater

28 September 2016

Residents affected by last December’s flooding are being encouraged to attend a special ‘Flood Fair’ being held in Kendal on October 8 to find out more about the support and funding still available.

The event at K Village has been organised by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) to help more people to apply for up to £5,000 of grants being administered by the council to install measures to protect homes and businesses from future flooding.

So far more than 600 applications have been made under the scheme, but with the grants still available up to the closing date in March 2017 the council is keen to ensure that as many people as possible take advantage of the funding available.

The Flood Fair on October 8 will allow people to see displays of the type of flood products available under the scheme, and representatives from the council’s flood grant team will be on hand to discuss applications and answer questions.

Suppliers of the flood products – which range from flood doors and barriers to special valves and seals – will also be represented to demonstrate how the flood protection works, and other flood support agencies including the Environment Agency, Cumbria Community Foundation, the Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG), Red Cross and Age UK will have stands.

Councillor David Fletcher, SLDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “This really is a one-stop-shop to find out about the support that is still available to anyone affected by last year’s flooding.

“It may be 10 months on but there are many, many people in South Lakeland that are still living with the impacts of Storm Desmond.

“The Flood Fair is somewhere you can come and find out more about what help is out there.

“The £5,000 grant scheme announced by the government doesn’t end until March next year, so don’t think you’ve missed out, there is still plenty of time to apply and it could really help you to protect your home or business.

“Come along on October 8 and chat to our team, they will be happy to explain everything you need to know about the grants, eligibility and what sort of things you could get funding for.

“You’ll also be able to look at some products and see how they work and meet representatives from other organisations offering flood grants and support for flood victims.’’

Mary Dhonau OBE, a nationally recognised champion of flood victims (see note 1), has urged residents in South Lakeland affected by flooding to go along to the fair on 8 October to make sure they get the help and advice on offer.

She said: “Having been flooded myself, my heart goes out to everyone who was affected.  I know that you are all still on the long and painful road to recovery.

“There is so much that can be done to reduce the impact a flood can have to an individual home, such as installing Kitemarked property resilience products to protect your doors and airbricks, and having non-return valves fitted – these prevent sewage backing up into your home (which is what happened to me). You may also like to think about moving your sockets higher up the wall, or using a water-resilient plaster during the repair process.

“These things do cost money but there is a £5,000 government grant available to help you to pay for them. Having benefitted from measures like this myself, and having witnessed Kitemarked products working in real flood situations, I would encourage all of you who haven’t yet applied to attend the Flood Fair on 8 October to see how you can make use of a grant to reduce the awful damage that a future flood might do to your home!’’

  •  The Flood Fair takes place at K Village, Kendal, on Saturday, 8 October, and is open 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Note 1: Mary Dhonauwas the CEO of the National Flood Forum from 2006/10 and now holds a similar position for the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign and is Chair of the Flood Protection Group for the Property Care Association.

For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.