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Hundreds of flood-hit East Lindsey properties receive grants and council tax relief

Hundreds of flood-hit households and a number of businesses have received a share of almost £30,000 in grants after Storm Babet. In October 2023, severe flood warnings were issued across the county following excessive rainfall, leading to groundwater and the rise of river levels.

In East Lindsey, flood defences in Horncastle were breached causing damage to homes and businesses within the town and throughout villages near to the banks of the River Bain. Grants totalling £29,085 were raised in the district, directly paid to residents in flood-hit homes.

The grants went towards cleaning, emergency repairs, heating, basic furniture and white goods and alternative accommodation costs. Some residents asked for help to purchase dehumidifiers, replacement carpet underlay, or towards their excess for insurance claims.

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According to East Lindsey District Council, approximately 243 properties and 34 businesses were internally flooded. This led to 154 Community Recovery Grants totalling £77,000 and 201 council tax discounts totalling £101,689, as well as 13 businesses supported by £32,500 from the Department of Business and Trade.

Councillor Craig Leyland, leader of East Lindsey District Council, said: “I saw with my own eyes the devastation caused by Storm Babet, with homes in Horncastle particularly hard hit. I hope this funding gave some financial relief to those impacted and relieved some of that immediate pressure that was put upon them through no fault of their own.

“Storm Babet caused damage to around 243 homes in October, and was shortly followed by Storm Henk in January 2024, which put the fear back into many of our residents for the second time in a matter of months. The council workforce were out in the worst hit areas supporting our residents in the aftermath and will continue to provide support for as long as our residents need it.”

Households and businesses significantly affected by recent flooding also qualified for 100 per cent council tax and business rates relief for at least three months.

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