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Following the extensive damage caused by Storm Dennis which saw over 500 homes suffering internal flooding, the Council is appealing for food donations to help those who have been impacted. 

The community response from residents and businesses to the flooding has already been exceptional, with thousands of pounds being donated and equipment provided to assist with the recovery operations.  In addition, the Council has established a Community Flood Recovery Grant – Hardship Payment, which is providing £500 to residents and £1,000 to small and medium high street businesses affected by internal flooding as part of the £1.5m allocation from its reserves.

The Council is also offering free special collections of damaged household goods and a £100 School Uniform Grant to provide further help for families.

Many of the residents affected have been left without white goods including fridges and freezers, with others also losing their mode of transport as hundreds of cars across RCT have been written off.  Some residents may be eligible for support under the Welsh Government’s Discretionary Assistance Fund to assist with essential costs after an emergency.  Further information can be found here: https://gov.wales/discretionary-assistance-fund-daf

To help those who have lost so much, the Council is now issuing a call to action to local supermarkets, businesses and residents to donate non-perishable items over the next week so that every home affected is able to receive a food parcel.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of RCT Council, said: “Storm Dennis has brought unprecedented levels of disruption to our communities with an estimated combined 1,000 properties – both residential and business – being impacted by internal flooding.

“Many residents have lost everything and the recovery operations are in full force to ensure that as much support and assistance as possible can be given to those who have suffered.  The Council has established a Community Flood Recovery Grant – Hardship Payment to provide some immediate financial relief to victims of flooding and I have recently received confirmation from DWP that these payments will not affect eligibility for Benefits and residents in receipt will not be penalised.  In addition the Welsh Government is also establishing a payment fund to provide further help. 

“So many of our residents right across RCT have lost so much, including their white goods and food storage, and, with many cars also being written off then even going to the shops may prove too difficult for some. 

“This afternoon, I have written to all local supermarkets in the County Borough and the Council has also contacted its procurement partners to request food donations to ensure that every resident affected is able to receive non-perishable goods so that they are not going hungry at such a desperate time. 

“The community response has already been overwhelming with thousands of pounds worth of equipment and further substantial monetary donations already being made.  I’d like to thank all of those who made donations or given up their time to assist with the recovery operations so far.”

Donations for RCT Council’s food appeal can be dropped off at any of the Council’s libraries, or at the following Council sites:

  • Clydach Vale
  • Ty Trevithick
  • Ty Elai
  • Llys Cadwyn (on Wednesday, February 26 only)

Donations will need to consist of non-perishable foods such as tins and cans, along with other non-perishable food items.  To find out more about making your donation, please email FloodRelief@rctcbc.gov.ukIn addition to local supermarkets, the Council is also asking businesses if they want to organise their own collections and to contact the Council on the above email address.

For further information on the support available, including how to apply for the Community Flood Recovery Grant, please visit here: https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/EmergenciesSafetyandCrime/Floodingassistance.aspx.

Posted on Monday 2nd March 2020

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