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We'll give flood victims all the help they need, says city council leader
PEOPLE in Worcester will get all the help they need to recover from the floods, the city council's leader has today pledged.
Councillor Adrian Gregson says "vital recovery work" is well underway to help the public and that will continue regardless of the cost.
Since the floods hit five teams of workers have been established to knock on doors helping those affected.
It includes city council, county council, environmental health workers, and volunteers from the British Red Cross or Crisis Support UK.
Some of their work has included moving furniture, supplying dehumidifiers, removing sodden carpets, cleaning the houses of particularly vulnerable residents and even organising skips for them.
The council's cleaner and greener team are still out cleaning pavements, roads and paths affected by the rising waters.
Cllr Gregson said: “We need to get this work done now for the good of our residents and worry about the cost later.
"We know money will be available from both our own funding and cash that the Government will be releasing in due course, but we’re making sure that the vital recovery work is not held up.
"We don’t believe one size fits all when it comes to helping householders recover from the floods, so our teams have been providing appropriate support for each resident."
A separate dedicated team has also been working to help the 21 city businesses that were flooded.
Around 45 Worcester homes were hit during the floods.
Cllr Gregson added: “I want to thank every organisation that has worked hard to provide resources to ensure anything that needed doing has been done and, where possible, done promptly.
“In particular I want to pay tribute to the key agencies, including Worcestershire County Council, West Mercia Police, Public Health England, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Severn Trent Water, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Western Power and the Environment Agency.
“Worcester is quickly getting back to normal thanks to all their efforts, and I’d like to give a special thanks to all the city council staff who have worked round the clock to support the city, its residents and its businesses through this recovery period.”
Details of a range of financial support for flooded residents and businesses are expected to be confirmed very shortly, backed by a nationwide Government pledge of £130 million.
Additionally, the city council has created a £50,000 fund in its 2014/15 budget to provide further backing for Worcester’s recovery from the floods.
Work is underway to establish how the fund, available from April, can be used to benefit the city.