Belfast Telegraph

Executive backs plan for £1,000 flooding aid

By Staff Reporter

Small businesses, community groups and farms are to receive emergency flooding aid.

The Stormont Executive agreed Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill's proposal to pay £1,000 to many organisations affected by recent deluges.

The minister said: "I hope that the emergency financial assistance scheme for non-domestic properties will help repair damage and restore normality to those impacted.

"While flooding is a natural occurrence and it is impossible to provide 100% protection, yesterday's announcement recognises the hardship some people faced this winter.

"It is a welcome addition to a package of measures which helps better protect homes, community groups and businesses from future flooding events."

Water levels at Lough Neagh hit a 30-year high in January after heavy rain. The downpour left some roads impassable and fields saturated. A total of £1.3m was available to Northern Ireland to deal with the consequences, the spin-off from a Westminster flood fund.

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