Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has today activated the Government’s emergency financial assistance scheme for areas affected by Storm Dennis. Areas of Telford are at risk of further flooding and it has been confirmed that the local authority will receive Government financial support to tackle this.
Under the scheme, local authorities such as Telford & Wrekin Council dealing with the effects of the storm can apply to have 100% of the eligible costs they incur above a threshold reimbursed by central government.
Lucy Allan MP said:
“I am very grateful to the Secretary of State for his prompt response to the flooding in our area. Financial support for Telford & Wrekin Council will make all the difference to the businesses and home affected. The emergency services and local council workers are doing a fantastic job.”
Local Government Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick MP, said:
"I’d like to praise the work of all emergency responders this weekend as well as local authorities and key agencies for working around the clock to keep us safe.
The government is doing everything it can to ensure communities are supported in recovering from flood damage, and by activating our emergency financial assistance scheme, we are making sure that those places hit the hardest will be able to access funding to help them deal with the aftermath of the storm."
Lucy Allan has been assured that the government continues to monitor the risk of flooding and is working closely with police, fire and rescue, local authorities, local resilience forums and partners to keep communities safe and to support their recovery.
Over 900 Environment Agency staff are on active incident duty and teams have put up more than 3.5km of temporary flood barriers across the country.
The Environment Agency continues to operate flood defences and flood storage reservoirs. Flood defences have so far protected more than 14,000 properties. The government urges people to check the flood risk in their area and remain vigilant.