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Newark MP Robert Jenrick, secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pledges to secure Lowdham flood scheme




Help for those affected by this week's flooding has been pledged by Newark's MP and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in a mixture of private and sheltered housing in Lowdham, with villagers in nearly 100 homes being affected and having to evacuate their homes.

Robert Jenrick, secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has pledged to ensure that Lowdham's flood scheme comes to fruition in light of the flooding in the village over the last few days.

Lowdham saw 100 homes affected by flooding. Photo: NSDC (29514326)
Lowdham saw 100 homes affected by flooding. Photo: NSDC (29514326)

Mr Jenrick said: "This weeks flooding is another reminder – and a tragic one for the almost 100 households flooded – that we need to get the long awaited flood scheme done.

"While Southwell and some other local communities have seen their schemes profess, albeit slowly and imperfectly, Lowdham hasn’t.

"That isn’t acceptable and has terrible consequences for residents, as we’ve seen once again."

Mr Jenrick has pledged to ensure the scheme remains prioritised for funding and to meet with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice and district councillor Roger Jackson, ward member for Dover Beck and has said that he will make it a personal priority to resolve this situation.

Nottinghamshire County Council has announced today that the Nottinghamshire Floods Hardship Fund for Residents and the Nottinghamshire Floods Business Hardship Fund has been made available to help residents and businesses affected by the recent flooding.

Residents whose homes suffered internal flooding will be eligible to apply for a one-off payment of £120.

Small businesses with up to 49 employee will also be eligible to apply for an emergency payment of £300 to help them cope with immediate, short-term loss of income.

Councillor Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are currently working with partners across the county to help people in the most need following the recent flooding and will continue to do so.

“I understand the impact that an event like this can have on residents and small businesses and I want to help those who have had their homes flooded and who may now be in financial difficulty.

“I also want to ensure our local small businesses don’t struggle due to cash flow and the county council wants to help those affected to recover quickly.”

To apply for either the residents’ fund or business fund, call the county council’s contact centre on 0300 500 8080.

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