In last week’s blog we looked at the 15,000 properties which were flooded as a result of last December’s flooding. We know that many of those affected have still not been able to return to their homes and we were therefore interested to read an article in the Cumbria Crack which told the story of Sinead McCann in Kendal.
Sinead owns a 130 year old riverside cottage in the town and unfortunately it took the full force of Storm Desmond. At one point the flood waters were a metre deep and she was forced to leave the property - spending all of 2016 living with friends or in temporary accommodation. Fortunately Sinead has been able to return to her home in the last few days and thanks to the £5,000 Flood Resilience Grant hopes she will never have to go through the experience again. She told the Cumbria Crack:
“I don’t want to go through all that again. I wanted to do what I could now, so that if it happens again it won’t be as awful or traumatic. I worked out that this week it will be exactly 10 months since the floods and I’m only now moving back in. I really don’t want to have that experience again. With the resilience work I’ve had done I’m hoping that if it floods again it will be more like weeks that I will be out. I’ll be able to pump out, mop up, let it dry and get back in. It gives a bit of reassurance that if it happens again, the impact on my home will be reduced.”
Know Your Flood Risk
To help people better understand their flood risk and the types of flood resilience measures available, the Queen of Floods, Mary Dhonau will be releasing an updated version of the Know Your Flood Risk homeowner guide at the beginning of November. The new version has been created following extensive conversations with victims of the December 2015 floods and is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to improve the flood resilience of their property.
It Is Not Too Late To Claim
If yours was one of the 15,000 properties flooded during last year’s winter storms, we urge you to find out whether you are entitled to a £5,000 flood resilience grant. Deadlines for applications vary from one authority to the next – a few of the deadlines we know of include:
Residents of other local authorities are advised to contact their council directly for guidance.
If you would like more information about our range of flood barriers, please do not hesitate to get in touch and arrange a FREE survey of your property. You can book yours by calling +44 (0) 1603 879977 or sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.