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Government Funding Schemes

The Government have recently announced a number of schemes to support businesses and homeowners recover from the impacts of flooding between December 2013 and March 2014. Details of these schemes are still being finalised.

The Association of British Insurers has recently confirmed that neither the application for the grant, nor its award will directly lead to any increase in either insurance premiums or excesses. Insurers will always seek to take account of any measures which can be shown to have reduced the flood risk to a property, including measures funded by the Repair and Renew Grant.

£300,000 flood defence allocation

The Environment Agency is to allocate £300,000 of funding towards a number of flood defence measures in the Borough.

Flooding Update

Ground conditions across the borough remain very wet and although there are now no flood warnings in force, the Council will continue to monitor local conditions carefully in liaison with the Environment Agency, Kent County Council Highways and Kent Police. Please check the Environment Agency website regularly for any futher updates on Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings.

If a decision is made that it would be safest to evacuate you from your home, the Police will notify you. We will set up temporary rest centres for those who are evacuated and unable to stay with family and friends.

You can contact the Borough Council for emergency flooding help, 24 hours a day, by calling 01732 844522.

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The Environment Agency has produced a helpful leaflet on what to do before, during and after a flood. This includes practical advice on what to do to protect yourself and your property.

Public Health England has also provided information on how to clean up your home safely after a flood. Residents are advised to avoid contact with flood water, which is likely to be contaminated by sewage, animal waste or other materials. Any contact with flood water should be followed by thorough hand-washing and washing of clothes. Public Health England has provided further information about cleaning up after a flood online. 

Please remember that it is important when cleaning up after a flood never to use outdoor petrol or diesel generators indoors even in the event of a power cut. The exhaust fumes may contain carbon monoxide, which can kill in a confined space such as a home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.

The Environment Agency has also produced a useful leaflet on the proper use and placement of sandbags to maximise protection.

The Council does not have a statutory duty to provide sandbags, however, we wish to support our residents during times of imminent flooding. We handle enquiries sympathetically but have to focus resources on areas of need.

Met Office information including weather forecasts.

To report power cuts and damaged lines, please call UK Power Neworks'free helplines on 0800 783 8866 for landline users or 01243 508866 for mobile users. For more information and to view the live power cut map, which will show whether UK Power Networks are aware of your power cut and when they estimate your power will be back on, visit their website.

For Highways and travel advice please check Kent County Council Roads and Transport or call 03000 41 81 81 option 5

Rogue traders are using the recent floods to offer their services to repair damage and clear up mess or do work that is often unnecessary

Kent Support and Assistance Service (KSAS) is available to support you if you are having serious difficulties managing your income or to help if you are facing exceptional pressures as a result of an emergency or crisis.

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a tax helpline, 0800 904 7900, for anyone affected by flooding. The helpline will enable people to get fast, practical help and advice on a wide range of tax problems they may be facing.

Tonbridge Forum - Monday 17th February 2014

 The following papers were made available for collection at the end of the meeting and are available here:
  • Minutes of public meeting: Hildenborough - 4 February 2014 (Pages 3 - 8)
  • Minutes of public meeting: Danvers Road residents - 5 February 2014 (Pages 9 - 14)
  • Responses arising from public meetings (Pages 15 - 26)

To express an interest in becoming a Flood Warden or to be involved in the Technical Working Group which will work with others towards reducing flood risk and improving resilience, please email transport.services@tmbc.gov.uk confirming your area of interest.

Last updated: Thursday 27 March at 11:30 hours.