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Cotswold offers pay-out for flood victims

Ebrington Floods 1Cotswold residents who were forced to move upstairs or into a caravan after the July floods are being urged to get in touch with the District Council to apply for a payment from its recovery grant fund.

The Council has decided to help residents in this position in recognition of the distress and disruption they have suffered since the events of July 20th.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “The residents of the Cotswolds affected by the floods have shown great fortitude and community spirit. We would like to make a gesture from our Government grant to help those people whose lives have been turned upside down by recent events.”

The Council has already made payments to vulnerable individuals from the £623,000 Flood Recovery Grant it received from the Government in the wake of the emergency and is considering helping community facilties damaged by the floods.

It also hopes to put some of the grant funding towards flood resilience measures and is working with town and parish councils, the Environment Agency, water authorities and the County Council to see what may be done.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses were flooded in the Cotswold District - the worst affected areas included Chipping Campden, Weston Sub Edge, Moreton-in-Marsh, Blockley, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Fairford, Lechlade, Downington, Whelford, Kempsford, Barnsley, Andoversford, Adlestrop, Tetbury, Naunton, Northleach, The Ampneys, South Cerney, Aldsworth, Poulton, Barnsley, The Slaughters and Willersey.

Residents who have been or are living upstairs or in a caravan because of the July floods should call 01285 623033 for details of how to apply for a payment.

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