Wyre Forest District Council has unveiled more help for households affected by the recent flooding due to Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.

The authority has set up an additional flood relief scheme which is designed to help those who were affected the most.

Last month the council announced a range of help including three months 100% Council Tax relief for homes affected by flooding.  The Council Tax support is being given automatically to affected households the council is aware of. A further £500 recovery grant is available for those whose homes where water had entered the habitable area.

Applications are needed for the new scheme so that the council can tailor support to help those most in need. The information about all the support and help available is at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/flooding.

Councillor Graham Ballinger, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:

“This latest scheme is designed to help households who have been affected the most, whether or not flood water has entered their homes. We know in some circumstances the cost of recovery from flooding is a lot higher than the grant that was available and cannot reasonably be met by the household. Also some people who had to evacuate their residence for a period may be struggling as a consequence. These are the groups of people we are trying to help with our additional flood relief scheme.”

The council is also offering free car parking in its car parks in Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn over the weekends of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March and Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March. The initiative follows consultation by the council with the businesses for ideas on how it can support them overcome the economic impact of the floods. Affected businesses have already been offered Business Rates Relief and can apply for a Business Recovery Grant of up to £2,500.