Dorset Fighting to Get Government Emergency Flood Funding
7:20am 7th February 2014
Dorset could bid for a share of the £130m of extra Government funding that's been pledged to help clear up after the floods.
The county has been battered by stormy weather since Christmas with rivers overflowing, villages flooding, high tides washing out beaches and peoples livelihoods put at risk.
David Cameron announced the increase in funding on Wednesday (5th February) for flood repairs and maintenance in the worst hit areas. The prime minister defended the government's response to the storms amid heavy criticism from people affected.
£30m is earmarked to be spent this year and £100m next year (2015).
Leader of the County Council Spencer Flower told Wessex FM us they're currently working to see whether we could qualify for a cash hand out;
"As soon as I heard the announcement, I immediately got on to a senior officer and asked them to do some work to see whether Dorset could qualify, and if so how do we go about it, because clearly this is going to be an expensive exercise in clearing up the impact of some pretty poor weather.
We talk about the past few days because it's what we remember, but you go back quite a long time before Christmas when the weather turned and it just seems to be relentless."
Council leader Flower had praise for the local response amid tough conditions;
"I think the agencies have all worked really well together in trying to find ways to deal with some pretty horrible outcomes.
Some folk have been terribly impacted upon by flooding into their homes, roads cut off, trees down, it's been pretty bad all round really."