Flood victims set for tax reprieve

Families unable to move back into their homes after the floods will not have to pay any council tax until they do, the Government said.

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Christmas dinner for flood-hit Kent residents

Many of them missed their Christmas dinner due to some of the worst flooding the South East has experienced in decades, but today Yalding villagers finally got to sit down to some festive fare.

Dozens enjoyed a specially-laid on lunch with turkey and all the trimmings, even though some residents have still not moved back into their homes four months on.

We speak to Yalding residents including parish council chairman Geraldine Brown and to James Walker of the Kent Messenger Group, which organised the event.

Dreaming of a dry Christmas- villagers gather for delayed festivities

Only five months late...Christmas dinner for Yalding residents Credit: ITV Meridian

Yalding villagers have finally enjoyed their Christmas dinner, five months after flooding ruined their festive plans.

Dozens enjoyed a specially laid-on lunch with turkey and all the trimmings, even though some residents still haven't moved back into their homes

Turkey and all the trimmings Credit: ITV Meridian
Some residents are still not back in their homes Credit: ITV Meridian

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Belated Christmas celebrations in Yalding

People living in Yalding who had their Christmas ruined by the floods will celebrate this weekend.

The KM and Mid Kent College have organised a special Christmas party for local residents.

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Yalding was badly hit by the winter floods Credit: ITV Meridian

Many families in the area were forced to evacuate their homes because of rising water levels earlier this year.

Firefighters were called out to help those living in a mobile home park to safety.

And some families became trapped in their homes at The Lees.

"Peace of mind" to residents as flood defences restored

Sea defences in Weymouth, which were washed away by the storms earlier this year, have been restored and repaired.

After the wettest winter on record, the Environment Agency had to repair over 350 flood defences nationally to protect hundreds of thousands of homes.

Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment agency said the protection would provide "peace of mind" to many flood hit residents.

He also said:

Many of the flood risk management assets damaged in the extreme weather since December have already been repaired, restoring protection, and peace of mind, to many communities across the country. But there is still much more to do, and thanks to the completed inspections we now have a full picture of the condition of all the flood risk management assets across the country. We have prioritised the most urgent repairs.

– Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment Agency

Floods Minister, Dan Rogerson, has also said that the Environment Agency would be provided with an extra £270 million to maintain the defences.

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Flood victims in Dorset warned to make sure they employ reputable traders for repair work

During the winter storms 368 properties were flooded across the county and residents will need to repair the damage the weather caused.

Money is available through a number of Government flood support schemes, and choosing a trustworthy company will make sure that the work is done to a good standard.

Dorset County Council’s trading standards team check and approve businesses through the Buy with Confidence scheme. The councils’ trading standards officers suggest that residents should obtain more than one quote, and preferably three, to make sure that a fair price is agreed upon.

Cllr Peter Finney, the county council's Cabinet member for community services, said,

We hope that most tradesmen will be honest and not exploit the situation, but there is always a risk that some might see this as an opportunity.

These traders can be very persuasive. My advice is always check references or use a company that has a good reputation.”

– Dorset County Council

Repair and Renew flood scheme launched in Oxfordshire

The Grant scheme offers up to £5,000 for householders and businesses to install property protection measures that will reduce or minimise the risk of future flooding. It does not provide funding for general repairs and insurance excesses

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said,

We welcome the support from government and we will be doing all we can to alert those affected about this grant scheme and encouraging them to apply.”

– West Oxfordshire District Council

Families hit by flooding given council tax break

Hundreds of families in the South still unable to move back into their homes after the winter's floods won't have to pay any council tax until they do.

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Homes across the south were devastated by flooding this winter Credit: ITV Meridian

According to the Government, 123 families in Hampshire have been unable to return home. More than 70 in Surrey and 60 across the Thames Valley. Anyone who has not yet been offered a discount should contact their local council.

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Homes across the south were devastated by flooding this winter Credit: ITV Meridian
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