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Recovering after a flood

We are contacting people affected by recent flooding. Residential properties that have reported flooding will soon be provided with information on claiming financial help. To qualify your home must have been flooded and have been your primary residence at the time of the flooding.

Do not re-enter your house until all floodwater has been removed. The fire service may be able to help you with pumping floodwater out of your house once the water has stopped rising. 

Contact your insurer as soon as possible after a property has been damaged. Claims staff will be able to give advice on the actions you need to take.

Please report all flood situations or incidents of actual property flooding to our flood engineering team on 01594 810000, they can record the flood for future reference and action.

For any flood damaged items you should

  • take photographs of any damage
  • keep any carpets, furniture or other goods that were removed from your home until your insurer has agreed you can get rid of them
  • arrange for bulky household items damaged by flooding can be collected free of charge. They need to be booked by calling customer services on 01594 810000.

Support after flooding

Flooding can be a very traumatic event. If you need support there are a number of agencies you can contact including:

Financial support

Community Flood Recovery Grant for residential properties

The grant is for £500 and paid direct to the household. Households are eligible where flood water has entered the habitable areas of the property, or the residence is considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding.

The grant does not apply to empty homes, second homes or student accommodation.

To apply please contact

Business Flood Recovery Grant for business premises

The grant is up to £2,500 per small or medium sized business affected, as a grant paid direct to the business.

Businesses are eligible where the business has suffered severe impacts, either directly or a loss of trade, as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.

Council Tax and Business Rate Relief

Council tax relief and business rate relief is available for properties affected by the recent floods. You can apply by emailing

Resilience Grant

Properties and business can apply for up to £5,000 to help make them more resilient to future flooding. We are currently finalising the details of this grant with Central Government.