Community support and advice drop-in sessions
We propose to tour the flood impacted locations with the National Flood Forum community support trailer. This will be staffed by members of the Flood Forum, who have a wealth of experience providing support to flood impacted residents and businesses all over the country. The NFF staff will be joined by representative from each of the main response and recovery agencies including the Environment Agency, the County Council, the District Council and Severn Trent Water. You are also welcome to drop into the tour if you wish.
The proposed schedule is work in progress but currently as follows:
Monday 14th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Northwood Lane, Bewdley
Monday 14th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Bewdley Bowling Club, Bewdley
Tuesday 15th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Riverside, Stourport Town
Tuesday 15th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Stourport Marina
Wednesday 16th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Waterworks Road, Worcester
Wednesday 16th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Diglis, Worcester
Thursday 17th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Callow End
Thursday 17th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Severn Stoke
Friday 18th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Hanley Road, Upton upon Severn
Friday 18th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – East Waterside, Upton upon Severn
Flooded residents and business owners from everywhere along the river will be invited to attend the drop-in session at the location and time which suits them best.
We plan to roll out more drop-in sessions in April when residents’ and businesses owners support needs will probably have developed and become clearer – insurance being a common theme.
Your feedback about any aspect of this plan is extremely welcome.
Recovery support grants
In the meantime, the County Council is also rolling out a rapid recovery clear-up grant fund for residents and businesses and we’re planning to distribute a leaflet about it to impacted addresses along the River Severn.
The grants are £250 for an internally flooded residential property and £1,000 to a flooded business. Applicants will need to provide their full address, bank details and a photograph or photographs showing either the flood water or the remaining impact of it.
Finally, local County Councillors in whose division there have been flood impacts have access to a small amount of grant funding which can be deployed on local flood impact reduction measures. Please let me or, of course, your local County Councillor, know if you’d like to discuss any ideas you might have for this. I would also welcome ideas from parish and town councils anywhere in Worcestershire.