UK floods: What to do if YOUR home was damaged – latest advice and help
Storm Dennis brought torrential rain and severe winds across the UK when it hit this past weekend, triggering deadly floods. Homes, businesses and roads were plunged underwater as rivers burst banks following more than a months rain in 48 hours.
Now yet more Met Office rain warnings are in place, and the Environment Agency (EA) has issued 295 flood warnings, including six which are classed as severe.
Kate Marks of the Environment Agency (EA) said while Storm Dennis had passed, “we’ll be feeling the impacts for a few more days”.
She said: “There’s a lot more water in the river systems. In particular, we are worried about the Rivers Severn, Teme and Wye.”
Rain is expected in the UK this week, with Met Office weather warnings in place from Thursday through to Saturday.
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Severe flood warnings are in place for
- River Lugg at Hampton Bishop
- River Severn at New Street, Upton upon Severn
- River Severn at the Wharfage, Ironbridge
- River Severn at Uckinghall
- River Severn at Waterside, Upton upon Severn
- River Wye at Hampton Bishop
West Mercia Police said an estimated 384 properties had been “significantly impacted by the floods” across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.
The EA said 599 properties had been flooded across England as of Tuesday afternoon.
Some 800 homes in Wales have been directly affected by flooding, First Minister Mark Drakeford told the BBC.
Mr Drakeford also said there would be an emergency food relief scheme set up in the next week to help residents whose homes and businesses have been damaged.
Hundreds of residential and commercial properties have been flooded and several hundred people have either moved upstairs or found alternative accommodation.
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Advice for those affected by floods
The Government advises to contact your insurance company and follow their advice.
If you haven’t got insurance, the National Flood Forum can offer help and support on 01299 403055.
The National Flood Forum is a charity which provides help and support to communities impacted by flooding.
For those affected, the advice is to abide by evacuation orders to ensure safety and follow advice from the emergency services.
On the return to your home be cautious as there could be hidden dangers due to structural damage caused by the floodwaters.
For those with Natwest, measures are being introduced to help support personal and business customers who have been affected by the serious flooding across England and Wales.
Alison Rose, CEO of NatWest Bank, said: “We are helping customers and business owners affected by the recent flooding by providing additional credit or access to finance where needed, so they can concentrate on getting their homes or businesses back to normal.
“We would urge affected customers to get in touch with us, either by phone or in a branch, to discuss how we can help.”
For personal customers:
- Mortgage and loan repayment deferral for up to three months
- Customers can close fixed savings accounts to access cash with no early closure charge
- Refunds on credit card cash advance fees
- Customers can apply for increased temporary credit card limit
- Customers can request an increased cash withdrawal limit of up to £500
- Insurance teams have deployed field personnel in branded vehicles to the flooded areas to give immediate response & advice to customers
- Insurance teams have identified and made contact with vulnerable customers
For business customers:
- Loan repayment holidays
- Interest rate reductions
- Temporary emergency loans with no fees
- Overdraft facilities
- Working capital support
- Helping with financing strategies via access to specialist bank staff
- Customers with deposit balances in Notice and/or Fixed Term products have immediate access to cash before 31st March, with no penalty for immediate access, and credit interest will accrue to the date of balance withdrawal
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