£270k emergency cash approved for Northern Ireland flash flood victims
Emergency funding of more than £270k has been released to deal with the clean-up operation following extensive flooding in Northern Ireland.
Confirming approval of the emergency payments cash, Derry City and Strabane District Council said its staff will work over the Bank Holiday weekend to provide support and assistance to those affected.
To date the council has received 560 requests for assistance and have "successfully visited 90% of properties" to carry out inspections.
More than 300 applications for the Emergency Payment Scheme have been assessed and priority is being given to advancing with the payments to those affected.
Those who have not yet registered their property are encouraged to contact the Council on 028 71253253. The Council offices will remain open from 8am to 10pm over the Bank Holiday weekend to facilitate this process.
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More than 100 people had to be rescued from cars and houses during the flooding in Donegal, Tyrone and Derry.
Across Inishowen alone, the scale of the disaster was described as unprecedented and catastrophic, with the Irish Government opening an emergency fund for immediate assistance and clean-up. The damage is expected to run up a repair bill in the multi-millions.
More than 150 households were affected in Donegal. People needing financial help for food and everyday essentials, cleaning, structural work and white goods were urged to apply at welfare offices.
In Derry, more than 200 households reported needing assistance following flooding. Dozens of businesses were also affected, some seeing cars and vehicles swept away.
About two-thirds of the average rain for August fell in nine hours from Tuesday evening, turning roads into torrents, swelling rivers by 15ft in places and washing away roads and bridges. Another 40mm is forecast on Thursday night.