Any residents or businesses affected by the floods of November 2019 are advised that a government funding scheme to help provide flood resilience measures will be closing at the end of next month.
The Defra Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Repair Scheme (November 2019) was launched to install resilience measures as part of their repairs following exceptional flooding events.
Barnsley Council is responsible for the administration of the scheme in Barnsley.
Up to £5,000 (including VAT) is available to make changes to properties and reduce damage levels if flooding was to happen again, including installing air brick covers, flood-resistant coatings on walls, and flood barriers to stop water coming through doorways.
It can also be used for rearranging the layout of the property, for example, changing the positions of electrical sockets. This is known as property flood resilience (PFR) and they are measures householders and businesses can take to increase their resilience to flooding.
To be eligible for the PFR recovery support scheme, properties must have been severely damaged by a flood event between 8 November and 18 November 2019.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “The floods of November 2019 were devastating for many families and businesses in Barnsley.
“If any family or business affected by these floods has not yet carried out flood resilience works to their property and they have not yet made a claim to this scheme, I urge them to do so before 31 October. “
The scheme was originally due to have closed earlier this year but was extended for an extra nine months due to the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. This was to give homeowners and businesses more time to carry out repairs and allow councils longer to process grants.
The closing date for applications is now 31 October 2021.
Full details of the process and eligibility criteria can be found on the Property Flood Resilience Scheme page here.