If you have been affected by the recent flooding, this page has some helpful links and contacts.
Steeping River Catchment Steering Group - Newsletter
This monthly newsletter provides an update on the work of the Steeping River Catchment Steering Group and other activities that help manage flood risk in the catchment.
Defra launch the Farming Recovery Fund
Today Defra have announced that the £2m Farming Recovery Fund is open for business in the Wainfleet area and North Yorkshire.
The guidance handbook and forms are available online on the Gov.uk website, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/farming-recovery-fund-2019-guidance-and-application-form
In the handbook there is information about who can apply; how to apply; what you can get funding for; what evidence is required and the application process. The closing date is 31 March 2020. It also has a map (page 31) that shows the eligible area. In Wainfleet the eligible area is the land which was flooded by the breach in the relief channel (Wainfleet Common and Thorpe St Peter flood cells).
Invitation to a Farming Recovery Fund Workshop - 3rd October 2019
We have arranged a workshop on Thursday 3rd October for all farmers and growers in the area. It will be open to both NFU members and non-members, and is designed to help everyone understand the scheme.
The workshop will start at 10.00am (tea or coffee from 9.30am) at Friskney Village Hall, Friskney, for 2 hours, and there will be plenty of time for questions so we can be flexible with the closing time around 12.00 midday.
- Speakers will include Simon Lunniss, from the Rural Payments Agency who will talk about the scheme and what is required for applications.
- It will help if you have read the handbook and form before attending and have your questions ready about how you can use the scheme on your farm.
- In addition soil and cultivation expert Philip Wright will speak about post flood soil restoration strategies. This is a useful combination of speakers as we can see how the funding can help with restoration. It also starts to deliver on the idea we proposed in August.
- Mhari Barnes, the NFU's Flood Adviser will also be attending to help the workshop.
- We would like everyone to book into this workshop so please call the NFU Regional Office on 01572 824250 or email the names of those attending and a contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your property has been flooded, and you are able to, please arrange to stay with family and friends and/or contact your insurance company if you are in need temporary accommodation.
If you are in private rented accommodation, we suggest you make contact with your landlord as their insurers may be able to provide temporary accommodation.
If none of these options are available to you, please contact our Housing Team on 01507 601111.
What to do after a flood?
The Environment Agency and Public Health England have some useful information about what to do after a flood, including advice on how to clean up your home safely: What to do after a flood
We have also produced a flyer with some helpful advice and support for residents returning to their homes following the flooding, it will be available from Coronation Hall, distributed directly to those whose houses have flooded and can be downloaded.
Improvements to Environment Agency's flood warning service
One is a new dedicated Flood Warning Area for the wider Croft area. The second relates to the Flood Warning Area, this now covers all of Wainfleet, but doesn't necessarily mean your home is at risk of flooding.
Our Call Centre is available between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday on 01507 601111.
Outside of these times calls will be diverted to our Out of Hours service.
Scrap Metal Collection
If scrap metal is being collected from you, the person collecting it is required to hold a Collector's Licence issued by us and a Waste Carrier's Licence that is issued by the Environment Agency.
You can check the Public Register of Scrap Metal Dealers here.
Any person who carries out business as a Scrap Metal Dealer without a licence may be liable on conviction to a maximum fine of £5,000.
Donations and funding
Wainfleet (and area) Flood Appeal
Thank you to everyone who has very kindly donated to the Wainfleet Flood Appeal. Funds are already being distributed to those affected.
We are also hugely grateful to everyone who has donated items for those affected by the floods. Unfortunately we don't have the capacity to deal with physical donations.
We would encourage all those who wish to donate to either redistribute their items to local charitable causes or donate directly to the Wainfleet Flood Appeal.
The official Wainfleet (and area) Flood Appeal Fund has been established by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, a registered charity. If you wish to donate to the Fund, which will be used to support those affected by the flooding, you can do so here.
If you have been flooded and wish to apply for some funding, you can do so here.
The Lincolnshire Community Foundation is working in partnership with the Recovery Coordinating Group to raise funds and support those affected by the flooding in Wainfleet and the surrounding area. Money donated to this Appeal will be applied to: relieve hardship; help address repairs and make good loss or damage; undertake preventative measures to mitigate future loss or damage; improve buildings, goods and services to help improve rescue or assistance in the event of a reoccurrence.
Financial support as part of Phase 2 of the flood appeal grant funding is now available and amounts of up to £1,000 to support families and individuals facing hardship can be applied for. For more information, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or 07908208838.
What's the difference between a 'Loss Adjustor' and 'Loss Assessor'?
- A Loss Adjustor is someone who is employed by an insurance company to decide how much money should be paid to a person making a claim.
- A Loss Assessor is someone appointed by a policyholder to manage a claim on their behalf.
Advice from the Association of British Insurers
Here are two documents that provide advice about flooding resilience and on working through the insurance system after a flood.
If your property has suffered flooding and is uninhabitable, we'd ask you to please make contact with us at the earliest opportunity in regard to Council Tax.
Please call us on 01507 601111.
Message from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
We appreciate that you have been through a difficult time and may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed or worried. If you think you need help, you can:
- Contact your GP who will assess your needs and refer you to relevant services
- Self-refer online via steps2change talking therapies team for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety
- Telephone 0303 123 4000 (LPFT Single Point of Access) or
- Email email@example.com
Please find further information on LPFT's website www.lpft.nhs.uk/our-services.
Message from Public Health England
- As you return to your property, our advice is not to use petrol or diesel generators indoors. The exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill.
- You should avoid contact with floodwater and take care if you must go into flood water by following our advice about how to clean up your home safely.
- If you develop symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting or respiratory illness, you should call 111 in the first instance.