Aid for flood victims

PUBLISHED: 15:30 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton and Otterton flood victims, who fell foul of the recent storms, could be in line for a cash payout from the district council's flood relief fund. Grants are being awarded to those flooded and who suffered hardship as a result of the Oct

BUDLEIGH Salterton and Otterton flood victims, who fell foul of the recent storms, could be in line for a cash payout from the district council's flood relief fund.Grants are being awarded to those flooded and who suffered hardship as a result of the October 29-30 troubles.Applicants can apply for a grant towards the cost of any uninsured loss - just one application per household can be made.The fund currently stands at £3,995 and East Devon District Council (EDDC) will match all the funds donated.Since the heavy rain lashed down at the end of October, many have been left counting the cost of the floods.Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club, which was flooded up to its roof when the banks of the River Otter burst, has undergone a massive clean-up campaign since the floods struck.Club secretary Kevin Curran said many hands had made light work of the flood damage."We had 20 people working hard throughout the day. People have just been turning up, asking what they can do to help," said Mr Curran."We will be looking for funds to help with the damage and, if there is anybody out there willing to help, we would love to hear from them."Neville and Maureen Lister were just one of several householders in Granary Lane who were forced to abandon their homes after the water levels rose by up to four feet, nearly covering the nearby cricket clubhouse.The Listers are now being housed for up to six-months in nearby temporary accommodation - that is how long it could take to restore their home.Advice on other sources of funding will come from EDDC's engagement and funding officer, Jamie Buckley. She said: "Following an incident like this, people often need some extra help to pay for dealing with damage to homes and belongings. The EDDC relief fund should help in the medium to long term.

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