The flooding clear-up operation continues across Derbyshire and our road workers and contractors are out across the county repairing the damage caused by a month’s worth of rain falling in two days.
While the water has subsided, it’s left a trail of destruction behind it, including potholes, cracked and damaged roads, landslips, silted bridges, blocked drains and gullies and broken footbridges.
We know around 200 properties have been affected and 116 businesses, and this must be devastating for everyone involved.
We’ve got as many of our road workers and contractors out as possible helping to clear up the damage but it’s a big task and will take time.
While this vital repair work is carried out, we’re asking our residents to bear with us as other routine roadworks may have to wait for a while.
Some of the damage caused will take longer to put right than others but be assured we’re doing all we can to put things right.
Flooding can have a devastating financial cost and, if residents or their businesses have been hit in this way I hope they are aware of the financial help they may be entitled to.
We’ve made £100,000 available to set up the Derbyshire Floods Hardship Fund for Residents and the Derbyshire Floods Business Hardship Fund, and homeowners and businesses affected can still apply.
Local charity Foundation Derbyshire has also set up a Derbyshire Flood Relief Appeal and, subject to funds, is currently providing grants of £200 to directly affected households.
People who would like to support residents and businesses can also make a donation to the same appeal at www.foundationderbyshire.org
People who cannot use their business premises or whose home is no longer habitable due to flooding may also be entitled to a Council Tax reduction or business rates relief from the Government. They can find out more at www.gov.uk/flood
There’s a wealth of advice and help on our dedicated flooding webpage and I’m encouraging anyone who’s been affected to visit it if they haven’t done so already at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/floodinginderbyshire
I know it’s been a distressing time for many of our residents and I hope, if you’ve been affected, you’ll take advantage of all the help and support that’s available.