Flood-hit communities start receiving grant aid

Ballater has been ravaged by flooding due to the heavy rain from Storm Frank and melting mountain ice (Steve Rennie)

Ballater has been ravaged by flooding due to the heavy rain from Storm Frank and melting mountain ice (Steve Rennie)

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Payments of £1,500 to people affected by recent flooding are now being made.

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

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 people 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.

Chief executive Jim Savege explains: “We have seen a fantastic effort over the past few weeks, with communities coming together to support those whose homes and businesses have been devastated by the floods right across Aberdeenshire.

“Our aim is to process the claims as quickly as possible so the money can be put to good use.

“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.”

Anyone who wishes to apply should register by emailing floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk including full name and/or business name, postal address and daytime contact number.