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Mary "Queen of Floods" Dhonau urges flood victims to take advantage of £5,000 resilience and resistance grants

May 18 2016

Mary Dhonau OBE, the chief executive of the Know Your Flood Risk campaign is urging homeowners who experienced flooding in December 2015 to contact their Local Authority to access the Repair and Renew grants, which have been made available to help home and business owners who were directly affected by the devastating winter floods of 2015/2016.

Mary Dhonau OBE, the chief executive of the Know Your Flood Risk campaign is urging homeowners who experienced flooding in December 2015 to contact their Local Authority to access the Repair and Renew grants, which have been made available to help home and business owners who were directly affected by the devastating winter floods of 2015/2016.

Mary Dhonau, who is also affectionately known as “Mary Queen of Floods” or her Twitter handle “Flood Mary”, was invited to take part in a two Cabinet Office videos this month, produced in association with Defra, DCLG and the Environment Agency, to remind homeowners across the North and North West of the UK of grants that are worth up to £5,000 per household. As a ‘voice of the people’ Mary was invited to provide her view on which home resilience steps can be taken, and spoke from personal experience having been flooded on several occasions in the past.

The grants are available to those directly affected by the flood waters from Storm Desmond and Storm Eva. They are designed to fund measures that improve a property’s resilience or resistance to flood damage, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance, and will help make properties more resilient against flooding in the future.

Comments Mary: “We are approaching six months since the devastating winter floods and yet still I am aware of homeowners who are yet to make contact with their local authority about accessing the flood grants. Owners of eligible residential properties or business premises can apply for Repair and Renew grants up to £5,000, which could make a really big difference to the property’s resilience to future flooding. Don’t wait – get in touch with your council office right now, while you have this vital, once in the lifetime opportunity to do so.”

By implementing flood resilience or resistance measures, the aim is to make it easier and cheaper to clean up properties, reduce the risk of potential damage, and help owners and residents get back to normal as quickly as possible should flooding occur again in the future.

Added Mary: “It’s an honour to be invited to by the government departments to participate in the video that encourages uptake of the available flood grants. I’m very evangelical about flood resilience and so any moves to help reduce the dreadful impact flooding has on any home can only be a good thing. I can completely relate to those affected and vice versa so I was more than happy to get involved with the video to help spread the word.”

Since 2000, Mary Dhonau OBE HonRICS HonDSc has vociferously championed flood awareness, preparation and resilience and is a passionate advocate of empowering communities to recognise and take responsibility for minimising their collective flood risk. Mary was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009. In December 2014, she was awarded Honorary RICS (HonRICS) status, in recognition of her high profile in standing-up for the public’s interest regarding flooding. Mary was also given the ‘Voice of the Customer ‘award and the CII Public Interest Awards 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England in July 2015.

The Know Your Flood Risk Campaign’s mission is to raise awareness of the risk of flooding from all sources. It is a one of the UK’s leading online sources for helping people find out the flood risk related to their current or future homes.

The Cabinet Office videos, which provide more information on the flood grants, can be viewed on t he following:

To download a copy of its free Guide to Flood Recovery or The Home Owners Guide to Flood Resilience, visit www.knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk or follow the Know Your Flood Risk campaign on Twitter or via Facebook.