Written by: Keith Tully
Published: 4th January 2016
The Christmas period should have been a time of festive fun and relaxation but for many businesses and individuals based across the Cumbria and Lancashire regions, it was anything but 'the most wonderful time of the year'.
The catastrophic effects of Storm Desmond and Storm Frank, with the latter following soon after, has devastated properties across the north-west leaving many businesses ruined both aesthetically and financially.
Storm Desmond first reaped havoc in early December with record breaking levels of rainfall falling on the 4th until the following day. The Met Office announced that Honister in Cumbria received 341.4mm (13.4in) of rain in this 24-hour period. Communities across the north continued to be swamped – even as far as Yorkshire with reports of homes and businesses flooded in York as the River Ouse burst its banks.
The Met Office continued to issue Flood Warnings on what felt like a daily basis and Cumbria was hit hard once again just before Christmas with many properties flooded for the third time in December.
More heavy showers fell on Boxing Day as towns across the north-west, particularly those close to river banks, felt the full force of a new burst of torrential wind and rain in what the Met Office dubbed Storm Frank. As things stand, an official end to Storm Frank has yet to be announced as the region attempts to recover into the New Year.
Various sectors and industries have been ravaged by flooding and ultimately destroyed. Tourism, farming and agriculture have been particularly affected and at Real Business Rescue, we're advising numerous businesses across the north-west who have been unable to trade and now face huge financial concerns.
If you would like free, expert and independent advice to help your business recover financially from the devastating effects of Storms Frank and Desmond, you can call our dedicated support team based in our north-east office on 0191 206 9716. Please ask for Gillian Sayburn.
Meanwhile, Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced on Tuesday £50m extra funding to help households and businesses affected by flooding in northern England. The government says it has now pledged more than £100m towards the crisis.