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.
The Environment Agency cannot protect all people and all properties but will do all it can, the executive director says.
Rescue workers from the RSPCA have been rescuing distressed animals from flooded areas and providing advice to concerned pet owners.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ahead of a public meeting into the floodwater that ruined homes and possessions in Hambledon, we speak to the head of Hampshire's emergency planning team, Ian Hoult.
As floods have now subsided in the Hampshire town, more than 300 people will attend a meeting to question authorities involved.
A meeting will take place tonight to discuss the future of the Hampshire town after it was brought to a standstill by floodwater earlier in the year. The public meeting will address issues surrounding how the town is coping after the flooding and how to prevent further damage.
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:
– Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment Agency
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.
Floods Minister, Dan Rogerson, has also said that the Environment Agency would be provided with an extra £270 million to maintain the defences.
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,
– Dorset County Council
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.”
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,
– West Oxfordshire District Council
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.”
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.
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.