Cash available to help towns and parishes cope with severe weather

Devon County Council is reminding communities to be vigilant over the winter months and to prepare for any severe weather-related emergencies.

The local authority says it and other organisations ‘continue to invest in new and improved flood defences to help protect those locations most at risk of flooding’.

However, it points out, heavy and sustained rainfall or other severe weather events can result in unexpected problems almost anywhere in Devon.

“This means self-help is a vital approach to protecting homes, property and communities,” said a spokesperson.

Practical advice and financial support is available to help local communities be better equipped to deal with an emergency, such as flooding. The Devon Community Resilience Forum offers two complementary grant schemes, funded by Devon County Council and the South West Regional Flood & Coastal Committee.

Town and parish councils and community groups can bid up to £250 for this funding to help form their own Community Emergency Planning Group and produce Community Emergency Plans.

They can also bid for up to £1,500 to improve their own resilience with equipment or one-off small-scale work, which can range from the provision of sandbag stores, flood protection equipment, road signs, tools, and protective equipment.

For information and to download a simple application form go to

Devon County Council also offers a Property Flood Resilience Funding Scheme for those households at risk of repeated flooding, but who are unlikely to be protected by a community-wide flood scheme.

Flooding to roads or blocked drains should be reported via Devon County Council’s Roads and Transport “report a problem” page.

In the event of a flood, in particular the flooding of properties, people are being urged to record it online via the SWIM (Severe Weather Information Management) system. This enables members of the public, flood wardens and flood risk management authorities to enter details about property flooding.

While this won’t generate an immediate response for assistance during or after an event, it helps inform the flood investigations of local authorities to help prioritise action plans for future investment in flood improvements.

For information on who to contact in a flood event go to

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