SODC Applications open for Storm Henk flooding financial support

Residents whose homes were internally flooded and businesses that were affected by flooding caused by Storm Henk in January can now formally apply for financial support.

 

Eligibility for support also includes if the flooding meant they had to leave their home or close their business for a period of 48 hours or more.

 

The money comes from government funding schemes, which we are administering.

 

There are a range of possible options, ranging from grants to discounts on council tax or business rates.  There is more information on our websites, where affected residents and businesses will also find a link to the relevant application forms:

 

Eligibility criteria apply to all of these support options, so anybody who believes they are entitled to funding should read the details carefully before applying.

 

The deadline for all applications is 1pm on Monday 18 March, and any flooding events also need to have been reported via the Oxfordshire Flooding Report form.

 

Anybody who wants to receive support must apply using the links above. If they do not do so before the deadline, the councils will not be able to provide them with financial support.

 

Anybody having difficulty applying or who requires support to do so, should contact communityconnectors@southandvale.gov.uk or 01235 422600 (option 3) during office hours.  Any queries about the business support should go to business.support@southandvale.gov.uk

 

 

Rearranged Community Planting Morning: Sunday 21 January 2024

An update to say that the Community Planting Morning has been rearranged for Sunday 21 January 2024 (weather permitting) when we’ll be planting the fruit trees for the orchard as part of the community park.  We’ll be in the park, access behind the Village Hall, from 10.30am for a couple of hours, and we’ll be offering tea and coffee, cake, and maybe even a sausage sandwich, in the village hall from around 11.15am.  Please bring a spade and gloves.

 

If you can join us on the day to help plant a few trees, or even for a coffee, that would be great. Please can you let Judith Clark know so we have an idea on numbers for refreshments (judith.clark@southstoke.org.uk)

Hope to see you there

Flooding Update

Local flood warnings and weather alerts

There are reports of properties flooding and road closures in some locations. Here is some useful information so you can monitor the situation near you.

Flood warnings and alerts

There are Flood Warnings in place in our district, meaning flooding is likely or expected. Check the government’s live flood map to see if your area is affected, but anybody living in an area usually at risk of flooding should take action to protect their property now.

Preparing for flooding

Oxfordshire County Council’s flood toolkit website gives advice to homeowners, businesses, landowners and the community on flood prevention and recovery, and what to do in an emergency.

Avoid driving through flood water and avoid towpaths. Flood water is not clean and not suitable for children to play in. There might be hidden hazards under the water such as manhole covers that have lifted. Anyone who has been in flood water should wash their hands at the soonest opportunity.

What to do if you’re flooding

Take a look at the Oxfordshire County Council  flood toolkit website for advice and information for what to do in an emergency.

If it’s a flooding emergency you should focus on the safety of yourself and your family. Dial 999 if it is an emergency and you or someone else is in danger. If there is flooding to your property, make sure you stay safe and see the Help I’m Flooding page for more information on what to do.

The County Council also have a live news page with flooding information, which also includes any information about possible school closures and power outages.

The Environment Agency’s flooding helpline (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

  • Telephone: 0345 988 1188
  • Textphone: 0345 602 6340