Cheshire flood victims could get £1,000 of criminals’ cash to pay for clean up

People who have been hit by the floods across Cheshire could get £1,000 of cash seized from criminals to pay for the clean up.

The flooding caused by Storm Christoph has caused widespread disruption to the county and led to the evacuation of people in Warrington, Northwich, Chester, Ellesmere Port and Tattenhall.

Northwich was severely affected as parts of the town centre became inaccessible and some business owners have said it has cost them tens of thousands of pounds.

David Keane, Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, said that people who have been impacted can apply for emergency grants made up of money seized from criminals.

Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane

He said: “The recent flood waters have had devastating effects across the county with many residents and businesses having to evacuate their homes and premises. This has been a concerning time for many residents, particularly in the midst of a pandemic.

“I want to ensure support is available for those in need and I am encouraging community groups supporting those who have been affected to apply for emergency funding from my Safer Communities Fund.

“The grants will be processed as quickly as possible to get funds to our communities at this critical time.”

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects supporting those recovering from flood damage or people who have been evacuated from their homes.

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The scheme is aimed at supporting not-for-profit organisations to deliver community based projects or initiatives to meet immediate or emergency need.

For more information or to download a grant application form, go to the police and crime commissioner’s website here.

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