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Flooding Advice and Information

Published Friday, 19 August 2016

Latest information following flooding in Rossendale from Storm Eva on Boxing Day. Key information on applying for the Flood Resilience Grant.

Follow on actions after the Boxing Day floods in Rossendale

Our flooding advice and sandbag information leaflet

Guidance and information from Historic England on flooding and historic buildings can be found on their website here.

We also have information here on if listed building consent is required, this is useful for those wishing to made adaptions to their homes as part of flood resilience measures.

Funding for Homes and Businesses 

The Council has now received confirmation of funding from Central government. 


Flood Resilience Grant

Our Press Release on the Flood Resilience Grant can be found here.

Government support is available to local authorities to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that have been flooded as a result of Storm Desmond and Storm Eva to help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for their properties.

The resilience grant presents a great opportunity for those who have been flooded to better prepare their homes for future flood events, both to prevent flood water from entering the property and to speed the recovery if it does.

Households and businesses that have been flooded will wish to consider whether they might be eligible for a flood resilience grant. If they think they may be eligible, they should contact Rossendale Borough Council to find out what next steps they need to take to access the funding.

Grants are intended only to fund measures which improve the property’s resilience or resistance to flooding, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Grant application forms can be found here  and should be submitted and approved in advance of committing expenditure. If applications are retrospective there is a risk to the homeowner that costs may not be eligible. Please email applications to or post them, marked Flood Resilience Grant, to Rossendale Borough Council, The Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB. You can also drop them off at our One Stop Shop at Futures Park marked for the attention of - Flood Resilience Grant. Applications need to be submitted by March 31st 2017.

There is a lot of useful advice on the Gov.Uk website, but the best starting point for those who are new to understanding flood risk is the National Flood Forum website. The National Flood Forum website sets out a step-by-step process for householders and links to a wide range of other sources of information, including the “Blue Pages”, which list a range of flood products and service providers. National Flood Forum

The most appropriate work will vary from house to house, so we would recommend that you consider undertaking a professional survey of your premises to identify flood risks. Examples of the type of work that might be recommended include air-brick covers, re-pointing external walls with water resistant mortar, door guards and toilet pan seals.

General Flooding Information

The latest news from the Environment Agency: Flood Warnings 

Please call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial 143135 for up-to-date flooding information. 

The Environment Agency website contains details of river level and flooding information and can be accessed at 

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