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Flood-hit Villages To Receive Cash

 

Flood hit residents in south Northants are expected to receive a share of £6.2 million in Government money set aside for flood damaged areas.

 

South Northants Council has received £11,500,  which is part of the money to be given to 36 local authorities which have been affected by severe weather.

 

The floods hit around 50 properties in July including homes in Helmdon, Syresham, Silverstone and Brackley.  The money is part of the flood recovery package announced by the Government to help vulnerable individuals and families.  The money can be used for anything from providing small grants to households where it is needed, providing washing machines and other while goods for people to stay in their homes or temporary accommodation where homes are not habitable. The amount of funding received is calculated on the number of households affected, with Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Tewkesbury to receive more money. District councilor Andrew Grant said:  “We know many people affected by the floods need help so we are keen not to wrap the process of making a claim in too much red tape.  We will continue to work closely with the parish councils to make sure we identify those people in the most real and immediate need.”

 

Chris Thorpe, of Helmdon, whose house was damaged in the flooding which hit the village in July, said he would not need to make a claim.  He said “If a couple of hundred pounds help people to get their life back on the road, then that is excellent, but I don’t see it as life changing.”

 

He added the council also needed to look at flood defences in a bid to prevent further flooding.  To find out more about making a claim, contact SNC on 0845 2300226 or e-mail locallink@southnorthants.gov.uk.

 

Buckingham & Winslow  Advertiser - 24th August 2007
 
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