Flood Fayre

Our Flood Fayre held at St Mary Chambers in late June was a real success, after an extensive mail shot,local press coverage,social media coverage and with the kind backing of Sagar Insurances the event went ahead as planned. More than 100 local residents attended,and from the feedback we have received it seems that everyone involved felt it worthwhile.

Keith Girling, Chair Rawtenstall Flood Forum said,

‘Our first Flood Fayre was exceptionally well attended and demonstrated the importance of a close partnership between all the key agencies, authorities and providers involved in flood risk management. Residents and businesses were able to seek answers to key questions including,

  • “How do I find out if I’m at risk of flooding from rivers, groundwater or reservoirs?”
  • “What happens to my property insurance if I’m in a risk zone?”
  • “What is Flood Re?”
  • “What’s available to help me reduce my flooding risks?” –
  • “What are local authorities doing to ensure new developments don’t make flood risks worse than they are now?”.

The level of commitment from our partners in hosting the event, including Sagar Insurances, was key to success’



Rawtenstall Flood Fayre – June 29th – St Mary’s Chambers 2pm-8pm

Arrangements are underway for Rawtenstalls first flood Fayre .  This will be a free to enter event which is aimed at local residents and businesses to get advice and guidance on flood prevention,insurance and grants to help protect your property from the threat of flood.
Rawtenstall Flood Forum are co hosting the event with Sagar Insurance, a local company specialising in flood insurance.
We are expecting to have representatives from Lancashire County Council,Rossendale Council, National Flood Forum, The Environmental Agency, United Utilities and a number of other organisations who will be able to bring you up to speed with what plans are in the pipeline for the valley to prevent future flood issues, together with possible grants that you might be entitled to.  Also in attendance will be industry experts to give you advice on how you can introduce physical barriers to your property aimed at preventing flood water entering your home or business.
We shall update the website with a full list of organisations who will be attending a little closer to the date of the event.
This is a free to enter event, refreshments will be available and we look forward to seeing you there.

RFF membership

The forum is making good progress in addressing specific flooding issues in our town, but we would welcome your help.

If you are a local business owner,or local resident and are willing to give up a little of your time to support us we would very much welcome you.

Please contact us here.

All help no matter how small would be appreciated.

Multi Agency Meeting – 20 July 2016

The latest in our ongoing meetings with the agencies took place as planned.All of the agencies involved with the exception of United Utilities were represented.We were updated on a number of initiatives currently underway in the valley including local river dredging and a number of reviews including ” Lancashire Flood Risk Strategy”,and a ” Section 19 Review of the flooding on 26 December” both of these reviews are scheduled to complete later this year. Both of these,and other similar initiatives are hoped to go toward developing a strategy for flood prevention in the valley.
Discussion also took place on the number of drains that are blocked in the town rendering them incapable of taking water, Lancashire County Council have since been sent details of those drains affected,and we await feedback.
The meeting also reported back on the recent RFF meeting with our local MP Jake Berry,who continues to take interest in developments.

Advice and support after recent floods from Jake Berry MP

The recent flooding in our area has had a devastating effect on many families, homes and businesses across our area. I’ve seen first hand much of the damage, and although the waters have now receded, I know that the clear up and recovery for many has only just begun.

I’m holding a number of additional advice surgeries across the Constituency this week for residents who need my assistance with any problems from the floods. Whether it’s issues with insurance cover, road or infrastructure repairs, or help and advice about how to apply for the the emergency flood recover funds, I will do what I can to help. Dates and times are at the end of this email.

Confirmation of Funding for Flood affected homes and businesses in Rossendale and Darwen.

£500 Payments
Every household affected will be eligible to receive £500, with payments to be made by district councils, generally to the person registered for Council Tax. District councils will be working to identify affected households with information provided by the Environment Agency, to make payments as quickly as possible following the floods. To register please call 01706 878660 and more information can be found here.

Support for Businesses
Support will also be available for businesses severely affected either directly or indirectly by the flooding to help them recover and get trading again as soon as possible. This is due to be delivered by Boost Business Lancashire, which is led by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to create and safeguard jobs in the county. Details of how to apply for this support are available here.

Council Tax/Business Rate relief
Further help in the shape of local tax relief may be available for residents and businesses whose properties have not been occupied due to the flooding. Please contact either Rossendale Borough Council or Blackburn with Darwen Council for details of the application process.

Extra Discretionary Support
Work is also underway to put help in place for households in particular need, for example because they are not insured. People may also be eligible to receive additional funding from a local discretionary fund being administered by the Community Foundation for Lancashire. Details are available here.

Support for Farmers
Support will also be available for farmers from a scheme administered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Details are available here.


Please call either 01706 215547 or 01254 701258 to book an appointment or let me know that you will be popping in.

Whitworth Advice Surgery
Whitworth Library, Lloyd Street
Friday 8th January, 10am -11am

Bacup Advice Surgery
Bacup Library, St James Square
Friday 8th January, 12noon – 1pm

Rawtenstall Advice Surgery
Rawtenstall Library, Haslingden Road
Friday 8th January, 2pm – 3pm

Darwen Advice Surgery
Constituency Office, 7a Railway Road, Darwen
Friday 8th January, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Edenfield/Stubbins/Chatterton/Irwell Vale Advice Surgery
Edenfield Community Centre, Off Exchange Street, Edenfield
Saturday 9th January, 9.30am – 11am

If you can’t make any of the advice surgeries but would still like my assistance, please just reply to this email and I will do what I can to help.

Kind regards

Jake Berry MP

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October 2015

Since setting up the forum earlier this year the team has been working hard to address the reported flood issues that have hit the valley in the past few years.  Working with the various authorities we have compiled a list of flood risks which are now being addressed through our quarterly meetings with the authorities.  Although at an early stage at present, we do appear to be getting a willingness from them to progress these issues.
Our next meeting is due to take place in November, there are a dozen or so issues that are being addressed and we hope to hear that there has been good progress toward clearing these up.
We continue to work on awareness campaigns in the valley, we recently had a information desk at Tesco Rawtenstall where we handed out leaflets and advice to local residents who face the possibility of flooding in their homes.  We have also continued to get positive coverage in the press who are supportive of our aims in the area.  We have started a leaflet drop to homes and businesses we think might be in the flood risk area, these are aimed at giving advice and guidance to residents and to make them aware of help we might be able to offer.
Remember, if your property is at risk of flooding please contact us to see what we might be able to do to help you.