Community Flood Recovery
As many of you will have seen on the news, there was some very heavy rain in South Cumbria on Saturday 30 September 2017. Up to 300 homes in Millom were flooded (along with the GP Practice and some businesses), and smaller numbers of properties were affected in Haverigg and Windermere. Please find below a range of information and documents that may be of use to those affected.
Millom Local Recovery Group
The Millom community has been fantastic, and very effective in organising help and support for those affected during the flooding and over the few days since.
A Local Recovery Group was set up on Monday to coordinate work in Millom and support the community in its recovery. If any third sector organisations want to be involved, they should contact Gillian Elliott (Cumbria County Council’s Area Manager for Copeland) who is chairing the group – Gillian.Elliott@cumbria.gov.uk
Being on the email distribution list will mean that you receive up to date information, give you a chance to coordinate your activities with other organisations, and allow you to highlight any problems or gaps in support.
A meeting has also been organised on 12 October at Millom Network Centre from 3-7pm to gather information on how property owners were affected by flod waters. Please see attached flier: Millom flood forum flyer Oct 2017
Cumbria Community Foundation established a Disaster Relief Fund following the floods of 2015, and people affected by the weekend’s flooding are eligible to apply for grants from this; priority will be given to uninsured households with low income. More details are available on the CCF website: https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/cumbria-disaster-relief-fund/
The Millom community have started a crowdfunding page to raise money for those affected: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephen-evans-288
You can also donate to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Cumbria Disaster Fund, which currently stands at £50,000. However, CCF are aware that the Fund, at its current level, can only provide a very small level of support to uninsured households. They are therefore keen to secure additional funding to increase the grant support available for the flooded households in Millom. Donations can be made to the Cumbria Disaster Fund via this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/cumbria-disaster-fund
Information and Advice
Information on those affected is being collated in Flood Fact Sheets, the first of which are attached. If your organisation has information that you’d like to see included in future versions, please email it to Gillian Elliott: Gillian.Elliott@cumbria.gov.uk
Cumbria County Council is also publishing a lot of practical information on their website – including extended opening times for the Household Waste Recycling Centre and information on avoiding rogue traders. Keep an eye on their “latest news” section for now, and a flood page bringing it all together will be up and running soon.
Flooded Third Sector Organisations
We’re not currently aware of any community groups or third sector organisations that have been directly affected by the flooding. If you are aware of any groups whose premises have been flooded (or who have been affected in other ways) that might benefit from support from Cumbria CVS, then please contact Carolyn Otley: CarolynO@cumbriacvs.org.uk