Property Level Resilience Guidance
Government support is available to local authorities to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that have been flooded as a result of Storm Desmond and Storm Eva to help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for their properties.
The resilience grant presents a great opportunity for those who have been flooded to better prepare their homes for future flood events, both to prevent flood water from entering the property and to speed the recovery if it does.
Households and businesses that have been flooded will wish to consider whether they might be eligible for a flood resilience grant. If they think they may be eligible, they should contact [their District Council] to find out what next steps they need to take to access the funding.
Grants are intended only to fund measures which improve the property’s resilience or resistance to flooding, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Grant application forms can be found at [LINK] and should be submitted and approved in advance of committing expenditure. If applications are retrospective there is a risk to the homeowner that costs may not be eligible.
There is a lot of useful advice on the Gov.Uk website, but the best starting point for those who are new to understanding flood risk is the National Flood Forum website. The National Flood Forum website sets out a step-by-step process for householders and links to a wide range of other sources of information, including the “Blue Pages”, which list a range of flood products and service providers. National Flood Forum
The most appropriate work will vary from house to house, so we would recommend that you consider undertaking a professional survey of your premises to identify flood risks. Examples of the type of work that might be recommended include air-brick covers, re-pointing external walls with water resistant mortar, door guards and toilet pan seals.