More than £250,000 in flood protection grants approved for Norfolk’s coastal homes
PUBLISHED: 11:45 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:46 01 August 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
Work to protect homes and businesses along the coast from future floods and storms has begun across the county thanks to a government grant.
When the water came flooding over the sea defences in villages such as Walcott and the sea wall in Blakeney did not withstand the powerful waves, many people were forced to leave their homes.
While work to repair properties has been ongoing, extra precautions to prevent water from reaching homes will paid for in a government scheme.
Those with properties damaged in December’s sea surge were eligible to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from the government.
In north Norfolk, 64 homeowners have been approved for a grant, totalling more than £250,000, with 21 applications still to be considered.
North Norfolk District Council has been administering the applications on the government’s behalf.
Angie Fitch-Tillett, portfolio holder for the coast and environmental services at the council, said it had been an inspired decision by central government to help people in the future.
She said: “In the worst possible way it has focused people’s minds on making sure their properties are protected. We are only to pleased to have administered it on their behalf.”
The grant is to help protect homes from water damage by allowing people to build stronger gates, barriers and equipment such as self-closing air bricks and non-returnable valves.
Applications for the grants were being accepted until yesterday, after the deadline was extended from May 31.
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