Preston flooding: How homes and business can apply to become ‘flood proof’

Posted on - 24th January, 2016 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Preston weather, Walton-le-Dale
Flooded offices in Walton-le-Dale

Flooded offices in Walton-le-Dale

Any homes affected by flooding in and around Preston during December can apply for funding to make their homes ‘flood proof’.


Grants of up to £5,000 are on offer for any householders and businesses affected by Storm Desmond and Storm Eva.

Leader of Lancashire County Council councillor Jennifer Mein said: “All of Lancashire’s affected councils have been working very hard with central government and other agencies to help homeowners and businesses to get back on their feet following the flooding. This new scheme should play a real part in reducing the impact of any future flooding.

“As well as the £500 payments to all affected households there are other sources of funding available for householders and businesses, and I’d like to urge people to make the most of them. Details of the funding, along with who runs each scheme, are available on our website. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, just ask.”

Preston and the surrounding area was affected by heavy rain on Boxing Day and the following days.

Around 40 homes and businesses flooded in South Ribble, and Croston – around 10 miles from the city – was one of the worst hit places in the country.

Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton said: “We are determined to support people and businesses affected by the recent severe weather so they can protect their homes against future floods.

“This government has invested nearly £200 million following Storm Eva and Storm Desmond to help flood-affected communities get back on their feet.”

How to apply

For businesses, visit the Boost Business Lancashire website.

For householders, visit the Lancashire Flood Appeal website.

For farmers, visit the Defra website.

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