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Flooding Hardship Fund available to residents and businesses

The A57 was closed at Woolley Bridge due to flooding. Credit: Liz Sparkes.

A fund of £20,000 has been made available by Derbyshire County Council to help residents and businesses affected by flooding over the past few days.

A number of homes and businesses in Derbyshire were affected following heavy rain which fell over the weekend and into Monday, closing some roads and causing local disruption.

The county council has reinstated its Derbyshire Floods Hardship Funds for residents and businesses, which were first established following floods in 2019.

People can apply online now by going to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/flooding and filling in either the residents’ or business forms.

Residents directly affected by flooding, where water has entered their homes, can access financial help of up to £104 via a fast track application process.

Businesses of 50 employees or less whose premises were flooded will be eligible to apply for a one-off payment of £500.

The initial pot of £20,000 could be extended if needed, and areas that were affected and are eligible will be listed on the council’s flooding page on its website shortly. 

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said: “Residents and businesses are already facing a number of financial challenges and if they are affected by the recent flooding we know this will be devastating and could have a huge impact on them. 

“We realise the importance of acting immediately to help where we can, which is why we are offering this support which is available now.” 

More information on how to report flooding, who is involved in managing flooding risk in Derbyshire and how residents can protect themselves from flooding is available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/flooding

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