Published Monday, 29 December 2015 6pm
STOP PRESS: Industrial dehumidifiers and cleaning equipment, such as mops and buckets, bleach and gloves, are urgently needed for the flood recovery. If you can help, please phone the emergency flood lines on 01200 429973 or 01200 414423.
Households affected by the Boxing Day floods will receive £500 to help with recovery costs.
The payments will be made automatically by BACS, but any householder who has not received the payment by Thursday, January 7, is asked to contact the council on 01200 425111.
Further spells of unsettled weather and heavy rain are expected on Wednesday and residents are advised to keep abreast of flood warnings.
River levels remain high and flooding on low-lying land and roads near the Rivers Ribble and Hodder and other watercourses is possible.
Motorists are asked not to travel during heavy rain or drive through flood water.
Up-to-date information is available from Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or the Environment Agency.
Ribble Valley Borough Council has provided skips in Whalley and Ribchester for residents to dispose of flood-damaged goods.
The skips are situated in King Street, Queen Street, Woodfield View and Princess Street in Whalley and Greenside and the Ribchester Arms car park in Ribchester.
The skips are being replaced regularly throughout the day.
Ribble Valley Borough Council chief executive Marshal Scott said: “The floods have been devastating for many of our residents and businesses and we are working with community groups in the clear up operation.
“I would like to thank community groups, volunteers and council staff for their help with the recovery operation.
“We are working hard to cope with the aftermath of the flood and minimise disruption to services elsewhere in the borough.”
Two emergency phone lines have been set up for residents affected by flooding: 01200 429973 or 01200 414423.