Advice and support for flooded Copeland residents

Advice and support for flooded Copeland residents

A CROSS SECTION of agencies will be on hand again this Friday 21 September, at the Falcon Club, Egremont, between 10am and 2pm to provide advice, guidance and support to all residents across Copeland affected by the recent flooding.

These sessions are designed to help people who have recently experienced flooding and are not intended for people who have general concerns.

Copeland Borough Council, the British Red Cross, First Step, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Adult Social Care and others had a successful drop-in session last Friday and look forward to meeting and supporting residents again this week.

Experts are on hand to give practical guidance on a wide range of topics, as well as support with things like filling in forms. The sessions also provide an ideal opportunity for local residents to come together and share their experiences over a cup of tea.

Copeland Borough Council Leader, Elaine Woodburn, said: “One of our main concerns at the moment is reaching everyone that is affected in one way or another by the recent flooding. We think we are in contact with most people and have identified their immediate needs, but if there are residents who have not had any contact from us or the agencies supporting the flood recovery, then we would ask them to get in touch by calling us on 0845 054 8600. Working with our partners, we are able to offer on-going support including weekly or daily contact for anyone that needs it, but we do need people to let us know what they require.”

The council is working closely with the Cumbria Community Foundation, which is administering the flood fund started with £50,000 from the Copeland Community Fund, specifically to help flood victims. So far 30 payments have been made to help people cover the cost of a wide range of necessities from dehumidifiers to furniture. Anyone who is suffering financially because of costs following the floods should check whether they are eligible for help by visiting www.cumbriafoundation.org or calling the Cumbria Community Foundation on 01900 825760.

In addition to the support drop-in sessions aimed at people who have been affected directly by flooding, Cumbria County Council, Copeland Borough Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities are holding a session for all residents on Tuesday 25 September between 3pm and 8pm again at the Falcon Club, Egremont. This session will focus on flood investigation, local intelligence and flooding knowledge and residents will be able to talk to the experts about what happens next.

There is a wide range of advice for people who have been flooded as well as flood prevention on the Council’s website: www.copeland.gov.uk.