Millom – Flood Recovery
As many of you will have seen on the news, there was some very heavy rain in South Cumbria in September. 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.
A Local Recovery Group – has been set up 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
Community Volunteers/Recovery Centre – 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 recovery centre has been set up at the Millom Pensioners Association headquarters known as the ‘Tin Chapel’ where donated goods can be dropped off and collected. Residents can also obtain information and advice or drop in for a cup of tea and chat. People can also access advice and support at the Millom Network Centre, Millom Library (including Copeland BC Council Offices) and Age UK Bradbury Centre.
Funding and Financial Support – Cumbria Community Foundation established a small Disaster Relief Fund following the floods of 2015, and people affected by the flooding are eligible to apply for grants from this; priority will be given to uninsured households with low income.
Cumbria Community Foundation are seeking donations https://mydonate.bt.com/events/cumbria-disaster-fund
Full details of the above are available on the CCF website: https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/cumbria-disaster-relief-fund/
The Millom community have also started a crowdfunding page to raise money for those affected https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephen-evans-288
Information and Advice information and advice is being collated into Flood Fact Sheets and these have been shared via social media and websites with copies available in all the public building and recovery centre. Regular flood bulletins will be produced and shared on websites and via social media.
Millom & Haverigg Flood Information Bulletin
Flooded Third Sector Organisations – It is not clear yet whether 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, please contact Carolyn Otley, Engagement Team Manager, Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350 or email: CarolynO@cumbriacvs.org.uk