Hardship fund opens for residents affected by flooding
A Welsh Government Emergency Hardship Fund has become available for residents whose property was affected by flooding towards the end of December.
Councils are responsible for administering the Welsh Government payments of either £500, for residents who have insurance cover for flood damage, or £1000 for those who are not covered by insurance policies.
Residents who were affected by flooding are advised to complete an online claim form, wherever possible, to speed up the payment process. For residents who are unable to complete the form online a dedicated telephone line has been set up.
Residents will need to provide evidence of the damage caused to their homes. Flooding of second homes, Air B&B’s, properties that were vacant at the time of the flood and other areas such as gardens or garages are not covered by the grant.
Flash flooding mainly affected properties in Dinas Powys, Sully and Penarth on 23 December after a period of heavy rainfall.
Since then, the Council has been working with Natural Resources Wales to support residents and businesses who have been affected.
Cllr Peter King, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, said: “I’m pleased that we are able to offer residents further support through this grant fund.
"Since the flooding incident occurred, we have appointed a specialist consultant to assist in investigating the flooding and we have been working with Town and Community Councils to stock local supplies of sandbags to make it easier for residents to access them during flood risk incidents.
"It is hoped that this grant will support residents who have incurred unexpected costs as a result of flooding.”
For more information on the grant criteria and to apply please visit www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/flooding or call 01446 729597.