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Alex Attwood wades into flood payment row

By John Mulgrew

Environment Minister Alex Attwood is to review a decision not to give an 89-year-old woman an emergency flood payment.

Phyllis Todd, from the Cregagh estate in east Belfast, had been turned down for the payment by Castlereagh Borough Council because of the rain water coming in through her roof and not the front door.

Castlereagh Borough Council said the criteria for the payments was set by the DoE

Mr Attwood said he was concerned and has asked for information from his officials on why the pensioner did not receive the grant.

The emergency flood payments are worth £1,000.

Mrs Todd’s son-in-law, Terry Morrison said the damage would cost about £3,000 to repair.

He added: “From the ground up, her carpet, all the way up the hall, her hall landing, her toilets, the floors are all going to have to be lifted — they’re all still soaking — a new ceiling’s going to have to be put into her toilet, we're going to have to get the roof surveyed.”

The emergency services dealt with more than 700 flood-related callouts in greater Belfast after torrential rain at the end of June.

At the height of the flooding, many roads were impassable and about 1,000 homes were left without power.

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