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Funding Opportunity – Essex County Council

03 June 2024
£8,000 available to Essex homeowners in flood risk zones
Residents urged to plan ahead with flood defence grant as UK Climate Projections anticipates increased winter rainfall and intensity.

At-risk residents can bolster their homes with up to £8,000 in flood protection measures offered by Essex County Council.

The Property Flood Resilience Grant (PFR) is being delivered by Lakeside Flood Solutions for Essex homeowners who have or may experience flood water entering their homes.

Eligible residents could improve their flood defences with self-closing air bricks, reinforced flood doors, non-return valves, pumps and flood barriers.

The measures are designed to help prevent water entering homes and mitigate damage in the event of a flood.​

The grant comes as UK Climate Projections anticipates average winter rainfall to increase by 35% by 2070, with rainfall intensity projected to increase by 25%.

Lakeside Flood Solutions has completed installations in 196 properties across Essex since 2018. This includes an end-to-end service with flood risk surveys, product selection, design, installation and demonstration training.

Essex homeowners can check their property’s flood risk online to see if they are able to apply for the PFR. This may include residents living in critical drainage areas.

Homeowners will be asked to contribute to their flood protection measures if they exceed the £8,000 afforded by the grant.

Sam Kennedy, Director for Environment & Climate Action at Essex County Council, said: “Essex has a long history of fighting floods from the sea and rivers, and heavy rain that can overwhelm drainage systems is becoming more frequent.

“This year, East Anglia saw its wettest February since 1836, while England as a whole saw its eighth wettest winter since records began.

“Extreme weather is unfortunately becoming more common, with risks of flooding projected by our Essex Climate Action Commission to double across the county. I therefore strongly encourage residents to check their eligibility for the Property Flood Resilience Grant and secure their homes for the future.”

Notes to editors:

  • Essex County Council has partnered with Lakeside Flood Solutions to deliver the PFR.
  • Lakeside Flood Solutions is not the sole provider, with customers having a choice between other providers following the initial survey.
  • UK Climate Projections in high emission scenarios show that by 2070:
    • average winter precipitation will increase by up to +35%
    • average summer precipitation will decrease by up to -47%
    • hourly rainfall intensity will increase by 25%
    • This means Essex will continue to face increasing water scarcity alongside flooding in the winter


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