A KEY drop-in session is to be held in Uppermill this month to discuss local flooding issues and what grants and support are available for residents and businesses.
The meeting has been arranged by the Environment Agency following the flooding caused by Storm Eva and Storm Frank in December and January.
Heavy rainfall saw the River Tame swell to a record height, bursting its banks in Uppermill and Greenfield, as well as across other villages.
Now, the drop-in event will offer a chance to discuss the problems around flooding locally and highlight what they can do if there are future incidents.
The event will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at Uppermill Civic Hall from 4pm-7pm, particularly for residents and businesses in Uppermill and Delph affected by the floods.
There will be an opportunity to speak to officers from the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Oldham Council.
Information will also be available about what grants can be accessed, including a Property Resilience Grant scheme which offers up to £5,000 to homeowners or businesses.
The grant aims to provide support to better prepare buildings for future flood events, over and above what insurance will provide for repairs.
Financial support of a grant of £500 is also available and people can also claim a Council Tax/Business Rates Discount for the time their premise could not be occupied.
So far Oldham Council has received 13 applications for the £500 grant and two for the Flood Resilience Grant but they are urging other affected households and businesses to get in touch.
John Rooney, Oldham Council’s Head of Housing, Response Services and Districts, explained: “We didn’t have the devastation caused by floods in other parts of the country, like Cumbria.
“But we do need to bear in mind the questions we learned from these events and be better prepared for next time.
“Also, a lot of people aren’t aware of what help is available so we’ll be holding these events in Uppermill and Delph so they can find out more and what they can get access to.”
If you are unable to attend the event but would like further information please contact Lynsey Cottle, Flood Resilience Officer on 020 302 50807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Property Resilience Grant scheme, go on the Council’s website.