The floods that swept through the centre of Folkestone twenty years ago, left devastation in their wake. Since then the Environment Agency has put in place a number of flood prevention measures to protect properties. A series of events is taking place this weekend to inform people living near streams and rivers of what action they can take when water levels rise. Tom Savvides has been speaking to shopkeeper Mary Constantine and Ian Nunn from the Environment Agency.
Hampshire County Council will today receive a report into the recent flooding.
It lists Basingstoke as one of the county's worst hit areas for the high levels of groundwater mixing with sewage which seeped into people's homes.
Some people still haven't been able to return.
The cost of dealing with the floods is estimated at £68 million.
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.”
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.”
Video. People living in an East Sussex town are disgusted with the state of their roads. Potholes have opened up everywhere and they claim the council are not doing enough to fix them.
Now a campaign has been launched to ensure Peacehaven gets some of the £140 million of government money to fix them.
Charlotte Wilkins spoke to Nancy Platts, Parliamentary Candidate for Peacehaven, Councillor David Brazier from Kent County Council and Roger Williams, who's Head of Highways at East Sussex County Council.
A pothole repair fund of £140 million is to be shared by councils across England. Cllr David Brazier, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport from Kent County Council, explains how you can help to get potholes fixed.
Motoring groups say emergency funding released by the government to tackle the south's pothole crisis is just a fraction of the money needed.
A pothole repair fund of £140 million is to be shared by councils across England.
But there are claims that the sum needed to repair our flood-damaged roads is £10 billion.
If that is right, the vast majority of the region's potholes are unlikely to be repaired for at least a year.
Insurance companies will be put on the spot later as they explain their response to the recent floods.
Some were criticised for "preposterous" behaviour when some homeowners were told they were not covered if flooding was caused by rising ground water.
Hundreds of properties across the south were affected during the winter storms.
Today, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hear evidence from the Association of British Insurers.
Flood waters that devastated southern England are gradually easing - bringing some welcome news for homeowners who were affected by the extreme storms.
Only one severe flood warning remains from the Environment Agency across England in Somerset.
As many homes remain flooded, water levels are continuing to affect access to villages but increased pumping of water mean tides are starting to fall.
Nineteen flood warnings remain: nine in Kent, Surrey and the Thames Valley and eight in Dorset and Somerset.
Despite no recent rainfall, areas across the South are still at risk of flooding because of remaining groundwater.
Several flood risks to homes and disruption in travel remain for parts of London and East Hampshire, as well as a smaller risk for Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex, Kent and Surrey.
Businesses in the Thames Valley are hoping their recent struggles will be supported by insurance companies, banks, and the government.
The village of Datchet has been one of the worst affected - as high street shops saw visitor numbers plummet.
But they're now hoping to get back on their feet. Cary Johnston has been to see how businesses are doing.