OWNERS and occupiers of flood damaged properties could benefit from loans of up to £15,000.

In the first instance, they should contact their insurers, but Sedgemoor District Council, in partnership with Wessex Homes Loans, is able to provide Flood Loans of between £1,000 and £15,000.

These are for Sedgemoor residents whose homes have been flooded or subjected to severe storm damage where the costs are not recoverable through insurance. Works included are plumbing, electrics, roof repairs, window replacement, central heating work, damp remedies, etc.

The property must be subject to recent flooding or severe storm damage or in a location with a high likelihood of flooding as determined by SDC and the Environment Agency.

Wessex Home Improvement Loans make no charge at any stage of the process. Residents can repay their loan at any time without paying a penalty.

For full details call 0845 4082540 or 01278-435435, alternatively email swelt@sedgemoor.gov.uk