EDP flood appeal - work underway to decide where the money will go

UK Power Networks supervisor James Blackett helping Kingfisher Cafe owner Graham French with the Walcott  clean up.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY UK Power Networks supervisor James Blackett helping Kingfisher Cafe owner Graham French with the Walcott clean up. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Dan Grimmer
Friday, December 20, 2013
11:39 AM

The EDP appeal to help those hit by the recent floods in Norfolk and Suffolk has risen to a staggering £140,000 - and now work is underway to decide where that cash will be spent.

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Scenes of devastation after the flood surge at Hemsby.
Homes in The Marrams which have fallen down the cliff onto the beach below.

Picture: James BassScenes of devastation after the flood surge at Hemsby. Homes in The Marrams which have fallen down the cliff onto the beach below. Picture: James Bass

Since the floods swept through the region two weeks ago hundreds of people have backed an EDP-led campaign to help those affected.

The fund is being managed by the Norfolk Community Foundatio, but yesterday the EDP and the three district and borough councils for the affected areas – Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council and Waveney District Council – met to discuss ways they can help people who might need support.

All three councils have said they will speak to those affected and provide information they require and to ensure that any hardship payments can be made to them as quickly as possible.

Trevor Wainwright, Yarmouth leader, said: “The borough council has a key role in helping to administer the appeal fund within the borough. And as the impact on the borough is relatively isolated, officers will be visiting those who could be eligible to encourage them to apply for a grant.

“The borough council encourages the generous Great Yarmouth residents to continue donating to the appeal. And forms detailing how to donate will be available in the Town Hall. In addition to supporting the appeal, the borough council is doing much on the ground to assist those hardest hit by the tidal surge in the Great Yarmouth borough.”

Colin Law, Waveney leader, said: “The reaction has been amazing and it really shows that, in times of adversity, the British public has an inbuilt ability to rally round and support each other.

“The publicity that the EDP has given to those who have been affected has really galvanised support for people who deserve some genuine Christmas cheer. We have council teams out and about delivering application forms and explaining how people can apply. We really hope that this appeal can make a difference.”

North Norfolk leader Tom FitzPatrick, added: “It is astonishing how quick and generous people have been to give to the Appeal, wanting to help those in no position to help themselves. In addition to overseeing the on-going emergency repairs and clean-up North Norfolk District Council will also be working hard with its appeal partners to ensure that everyone in need is provided for.”

If you wish to donate to the flood appeal, please visit www.edp24.co.uk/floods or call 01603 628311. Contact your local council if you wish to speak to them about applying for one of the grants.

9 comments

  • What about King's Lynn and West Norfolk?

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    NorfOik

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I agree with NorfOik, as much as im very sorry to hear about Cromer Pier and the stretch of coastline that has been horribly destroyed and the livelyhoods of people have heartbreakenly been dumped on them, anything west of Cromer seems to have been ignored, Sheringham to Kings lynn doesnt seem to get a mention and i know of at least one person, who lost his buisness, to the waves, but nought has been mentioned. Come on, this is not the Cromer pier times!!! The flood victims deserve more.

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    Chuncky993

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • coalition mps in norfolk should be asked to come to the county hall and explain why norfolk has not receive one penny of goverment aid for the flood disaster . We have also got to praise everybody for raising 140 thousand pounds . well done

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    milecross

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Words like jerk and knee, come to mind don't they? Lets have a collection, although we are not sure what it is for.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • This is one reason I will not give. Once councils get involved there is no saying where the money will go.

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    "V"

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • I could do with a new beach hut....

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    Dre33dd

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • will the Government match what people have given? Why does the EDP feel unable to deal with the floodvictims themselves? Rather than going through their Tory channels in local Government, desperately trying to find the right sort of deserving victims, should the EDP not ask those who have given money? rather than allowing its own bias to play politicis with these funds?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • I agree with NorfOik, as much as im very sorry to hear about Cromer Pier and the stretch of coastline that has been horribly destroyed and the livelyhoods of people have heartbreakenly been dumped on them, anything west of Cromer seems to have been ignored, Sheringham to Kings lynn doesnt seem to get a mention and i know of at least one person, who lost his buisness, to the waves, but nought has been mentioned. Come on, this is not the Cromer pier times!!! The flood victims deserve more.

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    Chuncky993

    Friday, December 20, 2013

  • well over a week and not a penny given . Its about time the people of norfolk voted for people who put norfolk people first

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    milecross

    Friday, December 20, 2013

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