Payments begin for flood-hit communities

The Meadows and Meiklemill were affected when the River Ythan burst its banks.
The Meadows and Meiklemill were affected when the River Ythan burst its banks.

Flood-hit communities in Aberdeenshire have started receiving financial help.

Payments of £1500 are being made to people affected by the recent severe flooding.

Volunteers from Ellon Boys' Brigade and Ellon Rugby who helped out with the flood clear-up at the weekend.

Volunteers from Ellon Boys' Brigade and Ellon Rugby who helped out with the flood clear-up at the weekend.

More than 300 households and businesses across the region have registered for the Scottish Government Relief Fund since it was announced last week.

Aberdeenshire Council is administering the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is one of a range of initiatives that have been announced to support individuals and communities during the recovery period.

Those who have registered are now receiving application forms which need to be completed and submitted, including photographic and/or documentary evidence of the flooding.

Anyone who has not yet registered is being encouraged to do so.

We have seen a fantastic effort over the past few weeks with communities coming together

Jim Savege Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive

Council chief executive Jim Savege said: “We have seen a fantastic effort over the past few weeks, with

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communities coming together to support those whose homes and businesses have been devastated by the floods.

“We have already received 300 registrations, but we believe there are more people and businesses who are eligible so I would encourage them to register at floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk as soon as possible.”

Additional grant support of £3000 is also available to businesses which can demonstrate that their ability to trade has been severely impacted by the flooding at the beginning of the month.

Meanwhile, community support is continuing in Formartine and the Garioch for residents trying to get back on their feet after the devastating floods.

In Ellon, where there was extensive flooding in the Meiklemill and Meadows areas, volunteers from Ellon Boys’ Brigade and Ellon Rugby were out on Sunday ready to help anyone who had been a victim of the floods.

Ellon Baptist Church has put together a work party prepared to assist in the clear-up, particularly with the lifting of carpets and furniture, and with disposal, email Rev William Butchart, at wbutchart@live.com