Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “The torrential rainfall last week brought severe issues across our borough and caused devastating damage to some of Barnsley’s communities. Our thoughts are with anyone who has been affected, and we’re doing all we can to help them recover from this.
"We’re working with our partners to provide on the ground support to the people who have experienced severe damage to their properties due to floodwaters. This has included support around rehousing, clearance, clearing silt and debris from culverts and drains caused by the floodwaters. The main areas we’re working in are Low Valley, Burton Grange and Darton.
“We understand how distressing this has been to some of our residents and we’re looking at all of the different ways we can support them. Our staff are working with residents whose homes have been flooded to:
- support them with their immediate needs by providing up to £250 in emergency assistance. This will help them to buy the necessities such as food, personal items, clothing etc.
- help them to apply for support to meet longer-term needs from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation
- provide council tax relief to anyone who is unable to live in their home and business rate relief to any business unable to trade as a result of the flood.
- Access the financial support promised by the government.
“As we move into a recovery phase in Barnsley, we’ll be looking at our longer-term plans to review learning from the floods, and how we can work with our partners such as the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water to improve flood defences where we can.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our communities for pulling together and providing support to those who have been affected by the floodwaters. The true Barnsley spirit really shows through in instances like this.”
More information on flood recovery and financial support for people affected visit barnsley.gov.uk/floods