Information about grants and other help available if you've been a victim of flooding is available on our Flooding page.
Have you been affected by flooding? If so, we can help with the clean up.
We will remove any damaged furniture, carpets, white goods etc. free of charge. Email us at Streetscene or telephone 01653 600666 and we will arrange to collect any damaged goods but please ensure that any assessment for an insurance claim has been completed.
We can also supply floods packs of equipment to help with the clean up. Email us at Streetscene or telephone 01653 600666 and we can arrange for you to collect the packs, or we can deliver if that is not possible.
Advice is always available from our Environmental Health team and on the flooding page of the website, email Environmental Health or call 01653 600666.
Advice and guidance on how to clean up safely is available from GOV.UK and Public Health England has a comprehensive list of questions and answers on flooding on their website.
To request sandbags or for advice, please email Streetscene or phone 01653 600666. Information on road closures due to flooding is available from North Yorkshire County Council.
Funding from Government
The government is providing local authorities with Community Grants as part of the Communities and Business Recovery Scheme. This will be equivalent to up to £500 per household affected by flooding. It will help with recovery costs such as provision of temporary accommodation.
In North Yorkshire this will mean a fixed payment of £500 for a property that has been flooded. We will pay this grant directly into your bank account as the district council is administering the scheme on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council.
If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, then please contact us and we will be happy to help you apply for the payment. You can email Council Tax or telephone 01653 600666
Temporary council tax relief may be available for the period that your home remains unoccupied or partly unoccupied (up to a maximum of 12 months). Second homes are not eligible for this relief. For details of how to apply for Council Tax Flooding Relief Scheme, email Council Tax or phone 01653 600666.
Council Tax Support discounts or Business Rate Relief is also available for flooded properties – more detail on this will follow shortly.
There is also grant support available for businesses - the Local Enterprise Partnership will be administering grants of up to £2,500, so watch this space for more details over the next week.
North Yorkshire Council Council would also like to hear from residents and businesses that have been flooded as part of its flood investigation work and created a short survey that it would like any residents or businesses affected by flooding to complete.
Help for farmers
Kate Dale who leads the Rural Support Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said:
“It has been a very difficult time for those affected by flooding, whether householders or business owners. We also sometimes forget that farmland is someone’s business premises and it can be just as devastating to see your efforts for the following year submerged in water and a farm and/or livestock lost under a dark sea. As ever, The Farming Help Charities acted very quickly in recognition of support which may not yet be required, but certainly will be a little further down the line when the full impact and effect of the flooding becomes more apparent. Some of our Network members work in the areas worst affected and I know you will pass on these contact details where you can."
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
Farming Community Network offer pastoral help and support to those affected. To talk to a sympathetic person who understands farmers and rural life please call 03000 111 999. Calls will be answered in person from 7am to 11pm every day of the year
E.ON Energy Fund - Emergency Flood Fund assistance for families on a low income or suffering serious ill health
In light of the recent floods that have affected many people in Scotland, the North-West and Yorkshire the E.ON Energy Fund has temporarily altered its scheme to maximise the assistance available to the flood victims by offering multiple white goods to those whose homes have been damaged by the flooding.
Any applicant must qualify against one or more of the first stage eligibility criteria below:
- In receipt of pension credit
- In receipt of means tested Council Tax reduction
- In receipt of Child Tax Credits with a total gross household income less than or equal to £16,190
- In receipt of Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- In receipt of Working Tax Credits with a total gross household income of £16,190 or less
- In receipt of Income Support or Income based Jobs Seekers Allowance
- In receipt of Universal Credit, however are not self-employed or in work
- A total household of income of £16,190 or less
- Are seriously ill or have a terminal illness, which can be validated with a letter from a Doctor or Medical Practitioner.
The quickest and easiest way to apply to the E.ON Energy Fund is via its online form which can be accessed here.
In order to fast track these applications to ensure that you receive the goods as quickly as you require, any applications of this nature must clearly state at the top of the free text box section ‘FLOOD APPLICATION’. Please note all emergency flood applications will be validated against the post code flood areas for verification of your location.
Please note the emergency flood assistance is available for a limited time only and is funded by a separate budget. Once the budget has been spent applicants will only be able to receive one white good as per the current provision of the E.ON Energy Fund.
North Yorkshire Flood Appeal launched with £30,000
The North Yorkshire flood appeal is a new appeal to support people who have been affected by the flood in North Yorkshire in December 2015 and is still ongoing. The appeal is set up by Two Ridings Community Foundation and is to benefit people living in North Yorkshire. The appeal was kick started by a number of generous donors, including Drax and already stands at £30,000. To help attract further donations Two Ridings Community Foundation has set up a dedicated website.
The Foundation is accepting donations to the fund via this website or via cheques sent to their office. Once the fund is open for awards it will support individuals and charities affected by the recent flooding and individuals can apply via the website or by email or call 01904 435277.
Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: "The intention of the fund is to help people in North Yorkshire with limited means to get back to normal as quickly as possible after suffering the terrible impact of flooding. We aim to help people get back on their feet by providing grants for essential household items and repairs and may consider other costs incurred through flooding and any shortfall in insurance payments"
"If anyone has been moved by the terrible images of North Yorkshire being flooded, please spare a thought for the residents whose Christmas and New Year has been blighted by floods and please donate what you can to help make their life a little more bearable over the next few weeks."
It is anticipated that funds will be distributed from the week commencing 25 January 2016. The charity will consider applications from individuals and families affected by flooding but cannot provide support to businesses or local councils. Grants to voluntary organisations helping with disaster relief may also be considered.
Businesses or individuals who wish to donate to the appeal should contact Jan Garrill, of Two Ridings Community Foundation 01904 435277 or go online.