Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Fund to help flash flood victims

A 10 million euro Government fund has been set up to support victims of the recent flash floods

A 10 million euro Government fund has been set up to support victims of the recent flash floods.

The humanitarian assistance scheme will give means-tested financial help to people not covered by insurance who suffered damage to their homes on October 24.

Two people died and hundreds of residents were left counting the cost of a mammoth clean-up operation when a month's rainfall fell in a day along the east coast.

Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton, said she has visited many of the families who suffered.

"I have seen first hand the damage to some people's homes," she said.

"The Government recognises the devastation suffered by many families arising from these floods."

The minister said staff have already made house to house calls to individuals they have identified as being vulnerable.

Emergency clinics have been established in the worst affected areas to offer help to households, she added.

"Payments are currently being made to families who need urgent financial assistance with basics such as food, clothing and bedding. This funding will continue to be disbursed to individuals and families as required," she said.

The fund will be administered by staff from the Department of Social Protection (former Community Welfare Officers) and will provide hardship assistance as opposed to full compensation.