November 2017 FloodingPublished Thursday, 30 November 2017
Following the extremely heavy rainfall that occurred last month, we held a drop in session on Wednesday 6 December for residents who have been affected by flooding.
We received a large turnout for the event, and hosted many agencies for members of the public to visit and pose their questions.
Representatives from Wyre Council, Lancashire County Council, United Utilities, Environment Agency, Lancashire Fire and Rescue were in attendance as well as flood action groups.
If you were unable to attend the event or need further support, we’ve put together useful information to help residents find out what funding may be available and how to prepare for future severe weather.
What to do next
The recovering from a flood page on this website provides practical help and advice on what to do following a flood.
If you have been affected, it is important you let the relevant authorities know. In the first instance you need to contact Lancashire County Council and the Environment Agency:
- Lancashire County Council - 0300 123 6780
- Environment Agency Incident Hotline - 0800 80 70 60/ email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also let us know so that we can get a clear picture of how many properties have been affected. This will help to inform community flood groups and future resilience campaigns.
- Wyre Council – 01253 891000 / email@example.com
Community Foundation for Lancashire
Funding may be available from Community Foundation for Lancashire's Flood Recovery Fund, which was originally established in 2015 following Storm Desmond and from new donations from the general public. Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship in Lancashire caused by flooding in 2017.
Individuals or families whose properties and contents have been damaged by flooding can apply for support for things such as cleaning up, emergency repairs, clothing, food and drink, heating and heating equipment.
Full guidelines of who can apply, and an application form can be found on the Community Foundation for Lancashire website.
For further information please contact 0330 440 4900.
If you've been flooded by sewage inside or outside your home, please call United Utilities on 0345 672 3723 as soon as possible. For details of how they can help and what payments may be available to you visit their website.
How to prepare for the future
We want our community to remain safe at times of flooding and would urge you now to take measures to protect your home. Whether you have been affected before or not, there are a number of measures you can take now to ensure you are prepared.
Simple actions such as checking your flood risk, signing up for flood warnings and keeping your own stock of sandbags at home could make all the difference when severe weather occurs. You can buy unfilled sandbags and a supply of sand from most DIY stores and builders merchants but remember that if there is a flood expected in your area demand may exceed supply as people rush to obtain them.
We’ve put together lots of help and advice to help residents protect themselves. Find out more by visiting the other pages in the flooding section on our website.
You may wish to consider joining a community flood group. There are a number of flood groups already set up who work with the council and other authorities to find ways to reduce flood risk and raise awareness of flood risk to the wider community. Take a look at the list of Wyre’s flood groups and contact the relevant group to join today.
If you are interested in joining or starting a flood group, with support from the council, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01253 891000.
Be prepared - Please take some time now to read through this information and find out what you can do to keep yourself and your home safe.