flood evidence collection form
It is important that we build as much evidence about the recent flood as we can so that we can develop the villages flood defence scheme. If you were in anyway affected at all please complete our flood evidence collection form which you can find by clicking here.
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flood recovery support
6th January 2016
Council reveals full details of flood recovery support schemes in Leeds
Leeds City Council has today released additional details of the financial support being made available to help households and businesses recover from the recent floods.
In terms of households, the council is offering two schemes to help domestic properties affected by flooding following Storm Eva:
The council is looking to make payments as quickly as possible and expects the first payments to be issued today directly into householders’ bank accounts where it has got all the information needed to make a decision.
In terms of businesses affected by Storm Eva the council is offering a range of measures including:
The council is also working with the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Leeds City Region LEP to assist manufacturing businesses impacted by the floods, with visits already being made to more than 30 businesses to assess the damage and advise on the recovery to help get businesses back in operation as soon as possible.
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:
“The flood waters may have thankfully now receded but the problem has by no means gone away, people and businesses are still suffering so we need to do everything we can to help them make a full recovery as soon as possible and hopefully these measures can start that process. The point has been made loud and clear that in order to stop this happening again Leeds needs comprehensive flood defences to be in place as soon as possible, and we will continue to press the government until that has been successfully achieved.
“I would like to take this opportunity again to thank everyone in Leeds who helped and continues to offer help to those in need. All of the council officers, many of whom volunteered their services, deserve huge amounts of credit alongside the efforts of the emergency services and hundreds of community-based volunteers. Many stories are emerging of amazing efforts to help, such as the NHS nurses who visited people’s homes supported by the police in order to make sure some of our most vulnerable residents were safe. It is that sort of selfless commitment which makes me so proud of our city but it is important to stress the work very much still needs to go on.”
In addition to the support on offer to those affected, the council is also working with the Leeds Community Foundation on their fundraising appeal.
Funds raised from the appeal will be used to provide grants to affected householders, businesses and community groups. Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/leeds-flood-relief-appeal or by sending a cheque made payable to Leeds Community Foundation to Leeds Flood Relief Appeal, Leeds Community Foundation, 51a St Paul's Street, Leeds LS1 2TE. Further details can be seen at www.leedscf.org.uk.
Those residents or businesses looking for support can find out the details at www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Council-support-for-flood-hit-homes-and-businesses.aspx, call 0113 222 4444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter from the Parish Council Chairman
I hope most of you already know that The Avenue Collingham has suffered a serious flooding episode. Around 12 houses have been inundated with, in places, several feet of water. All day yesterday (28 Dec) and into the nigh, residents have been evacuating belongings and, with the help of a volunteer from Pontefract who had access to 4 pumps, we have been slowly trying to remove water which is trapped inside the flood defence bund that was over-topped.
This afternoon (28 Dec) we finally got support from the Emergency Services and we have two fire tenders pumping at full blast. They will stay until the water has gone unless they are called away to attend a life- threatening incident. We also have an agricultural pump. As you can imagine the flooded properties will be in a terrible state. Environmental Services have arranged skips to take damaged belongings away from tomorrow (29 Dec). This really is a disaster for the families affected.
Also in the same vicinity Linton Bridge has had to be closed. Engineering assessment, started on today. There appears to be downward movement in the southern bridge abutment (the structure that holds up the bridge where it meets the road embankment). This is unusual as things normally fail in rotation, i.e. by twisting in some plane. We think the bridge is still moving, and regular surveys will confirm whether this is the case. We can only hypothesise at this time as to the cause and further investigation will include divers when it is considered safe to enter the water.
The Bridge is not safe to cross even on foot. Please respect the warning tape and do not attempt to cross it. The gas, water and electricity services to Linton all cross the bridge also and are presumably under a great deal of distress.
The bridge will be closed for many months. It may be opened up to pedestrians if deemed safe to do so at some point. This is obviously a great inconvenience to us all but at least nobody has been hurt.
Please feel free to share this information with others around the villages.
Chair of Collingham with Linton Parish Council