Affected by the Floods? Funding Now Available for Dorset
11:51am 1st April 2014
Dorset homes and businesses hit by this year's flooding can now apply for money to protect their properties.
The governments Repair and Renewal Grant went LIVE this morning and you could claim up to 5 thousand pounds through the local authorities.
The purpose of the grant is to help people with the cost of buying and installing new measures to reduce the chances of flooding in the first place, or limit the damage should they be flooded in the future.
This could include things like a new driveway barrier or replacing doors and windows with water resistant alternatives, or moving electricity sockets to a safer level.
Even if property owners have already fitted new measures following this winter's flooding they can still apply for the grant retrospectively to cover the cost.
Environment Minister Dan Rogerson said:
"My sympathy is with everyone who was affected by the floods this winter.
"We are working hard to help people rebuild their lives, get back on their feet after the flooding and build a more resilient country for the future.
"I would urge anyone who was flooded to apply for a grant to become more flood resilient. This support, coupled with the government's record investment in flood defences, will ensure we are better protected from the risk of flooding in the future."
The Government is spending £2.4 billion on tackling flooding and coastal erosion in this four year period - this is more than ever before.
Government information and advice about flooding and recovery in parts of the UK can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-floods-2014-government-response