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Helping homes at risk of flooding

Media Release : 12 June 2018

Households in Wealden District at risk of flooding have been offered the chance to install Property Flood Resilience products, free of charge.

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This opportunity is part of the second phase of Wealden District Council’s Property Flood Resilience Scheme run in partnership with the Environment Agency. As part of this project’s first phase, 27 residents from Alfriston, Forest Row, Hellingly and Uckfield benefitted by installing resilience measures. These included flood barriers, sewage non-return valves, self-closing airbrick covers and water-proof masonry treatment.  
The installation of these measures will potentially give homeowners the opportunity to reduce the cost of their buildings insurance. Also, insurance may now be available to some where it had not been before as a result of the resilience measures being installed. 
The scheme offers eligible properties a free Property Flood Resilience survey paid for by Wealden District Council. This is followed by a grant of up to £2,400 towards installing Property Flood Resilience products. Funding of £100,000 has been secured by Wealden District Council from the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.
This scheme will give homeowners a greater understanding of what it means to be at flood risk and how to take steps to do something about it. The property survey will explain to homeowners the source of flood water and the entry routes it may take into the property. This allows them to make their home more resilient going forward. 
 “Flood resilience is all about being prepared for what may happen,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Wealden Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety. “And avoiding the cost and heartache that flood damage can cause.”
Gordon Wilson, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for the Environment Agency in Sussex and Hampshire, said:
“The Government is committed to spending £2.5 billion on projects that help reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion for more than 300,000 properties across England.
“Working with local authorities like Wealden District Council enables us to ensure the money is used where it is most needed.”
Letters of invitation have been sent to 327 properties in Wealden, identified as being most at risk by the Environment Agency’s flood modelling. 
The project team at Wealden District Council are encouraging those who received an invite to register as soon as possible.  Surveys and grant funding are being allocated to 100 properties on a first come first served basis.
There may be a potential opportunity, funding and spaces permitting, for other homeowners who have not already been identified to be invited to join the scheme if they can provide evidence of historic internal property flooding.
As of 11 June 2018, only 23 places remain. So if you are interested please get your registration form in as soon as possible to avoid missing out. The closing date for registration is Friday 15 June 2018.
For general information on how to prepare for flooding and the latest flood warnings in force, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or ring Floodline on 0345 9881188.
The project team at Wealden District Council can be contacted at comres@wealden.gov.uk with any questions you may have.