Newark MP Robert Jenrick shares an update on the support available for those who were flooded during Storm Babet
Being flooded is a thoroughly horrible experience and for some in our area it is a wearily familiar experience, writes Newark MP Robert Jenrick.
Beyond the worry and anxiety of having to leave home, the loss of treasured possessions and the long, arduous clean up process, there is the risk to life - that sadly materialised in Yorkshire in the recent floods. The challenges faced by residents, business owners, and farmers in Nottinghamshire this past fortnight have been significant, and my sympathies go out to each and every individual affected.
In the immediate aftermath of the flooding, I tried to meet as many residents, councillors, and flood wardens across the constituency. I was encouraged by inspiring stories of community resilience. I extend my gratitude to the Notts Fire and Rescue services for their outstanding efforts during these trying times - who could forget the scene on the TV of a lady in a wheel chair being helped across flood waters in Lowdham by kind and attentive firemen, using a small pontoon.
Some support is available from the government. The government has initiated the Storm Babet Relief program to provide urgent aid to those affected. This assistance package includes immediate cash aid, tax relief, business recovery grants, and property resilience grants.
Immediate Cash Assistance:
Flooded households can apply for up to £500 to cover immediate costs, offering a lifeline during these challenging times.
Affected homes and businesses will receive 100 per cent council tax and business rates relief for the next three months, providing financial breathing space for recovery.
Small-to-medium-sized businesses can access up to £2,500 to expedite their return to normalcy, supporting the backbone of our local economy.
Eligible property owners can receive up to £5,000 for flood-proofing measures, a crucial step towards preventing future devastation.
This assistance is part of the broader Flood Recovery Framework and will be administered through local councils. Detailed information on eligibility and application procedures should have now been made available.
In the longer term it’s crucial we keep working on flood defence measures as climate change makes flood events ever more likely. It was deeply frustrating that we broke ground on the multi million pound Lowdham defences only last month, but they were not there for this flood. There are other communities which need more support, including tiny Girton, whose size has meant it has been overlooked too often. Holme was cut off and needs to understand if anything can be done to prevent that. And a road was washed away off Low Street in Collingham which I am pressing the county council to rebuild - and to a higher quality - as a matter of urgency. There are numerous other examples.
In times of need or if you have questions about the support available, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office. We are here to assist you through these challenging times, and you can contact us by phone or email - Robert.Jenrick.email@example.com.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to all those who have rallied to support our community—flood wardens, parish councils, local council staff, and again the incredible Notts Fire and Rescue services. Your dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and we are grateful for your unwavering commitment to our community's well-being and safety.
As we navigate the difficult days ahead, remember that you are not alone. We are here not only today and tomorrow but also in the future, especially as we now turn our thoughts toward cleanup and recovery. The aftermath of flooding is undoubtedly one of the most challenging times, and I am here to support you through it.