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Storm Dennis – government funding for flood affected homes and businesses in Shropshire

At ten o’clock last night, the government announced a package of funding for flood affected homes, businesses and councils. We have yet to see the local details but there will be financial support. That includes business rate and council tax relief. Grants for small businesses to recover. Money for households to improve their flood resilience. That will be welcomed by businesses and households. I will publish details on how to apply as soon as I get them. Given the late notice of the funding, no one knows the details yet. If there is specific help you need right now, let us know.

Storm Dennis – the clean up continues – skips are being provided in Ludlow

Shropshire Council came to Ludlow yesterday to help with the clean up operation. At least 30 homes are flooded. Many businesses also. From mid-morning, highways crews were collecting furniture, fridges, carpets and other debris from Temeside. At an on-site meeting with Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting and chief executive Clive Wright yesterday lunchtime we agreed that skips would be delivered to Lower Corve Street and Temeside. We need skips to help people who are flooded out. We need skips to prevent a rat infestation as the food in fridges and freezers goes rotten.

Happy unbirthday to Ludlow town walls – seven years after the collapse repairs are still not scheduled

Seven years today Ludlow town walls fell down at the back of St Laurence’s churchyard. 18 February 2013. At a crowded public meeting a few days later, Shropshire Council cabinet member Martin Taylor-Smith told Ludlow that money was not an issue. The unitary council had the money in reserves. The wall would be repaired and soon. Alas! That proved to be misleading. What followed was a lengthy dispute between Shropshire Council, St Laurence’s Church and Ludlow Town Council about who was responsible for paying for the repairs. Two and a half years and a lot of legal bills later, it was agreed that Ludlow Town Council had to foot the repair bill. Now it looks like the wall will not be rebuilt before the tenth anniversary of collapse.

Storm Dennis is dissipating – it will take a while to clean up and we need to help those affected

At least thirty Ludlow homes were flooded yesterday. Mostly on Lower Corve Street and Temeside. One resident Corve Street resident said: “The water when we evacuated was up to the level of our kitchen work top.” According to the Environment Agency, the Teme peaked at 5.20 metres. That is only 2cm lower that the highest level recorded in Ludlow on Saturday 21st July 2007. Tenbury High Street is flooded. Reports suggest over 1,000 homes have been flooded across the UK. More rain is falling and will continue to fall most of the week. But river levels in the Teme catchment are dropping. Below I publish additional photos and videos from yesterday (Sunday) along with a statement from Clive Wright, chief executive of Shropshire Council.

Storm Dennis floods Ludlow homes and businesses

Temeside and Lower Corve Street are flooded. Other areas also. The water has rushed in through doors, flooded basements and pushed sewerage out of toilets. It is not yet known how many houses are flooded but it must be around 20. Water is lapping at the doors and back gates of many other properties. This is almost the worst flood since July 2007. Then water reached a height of 5.22m on the Teme. Today, the river seems to have peaked at 5.20m. But no one threatened with river water pouring into their home cares about whether this is a record flood or not.  

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