PRESS RELEASE AT 16.00 – 30th NOVEMBER 2017 – LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL
Laois County Council wish to advise that the Humanitarian Aid Centre which has moved to the Civic Offices/Library, O’ Moore Street, Mountmellick will be available to those affected by the recent flooding and the opening hours are as follows:
Friday, 1st December 10am to 3pm
Saturday, 2nd December 10am to 12pm
Monday, 4th December 10am to 3pm
Tuesday, 5th December 10am to 3pm
Wednesday, 6th December 10am to 3pm
Thursday, 7th December 10am to 3pm
Friday, 8th December 10am to 3pm
Anyone who requires support including emergency housing, dealing with the aftermath at their properties or any other humanitarian need can call to the centre or ring 057-8664000 to speak to a member of staff.
In addition, below is a summary of the support schemes available to those affected by recent flooding.
Humanitarian Assistance Scheme
The Humanitarian Assistance Scheme, administered by the Department of Social Protection, is available to assist people whose homes are damaged by flooding and who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs, household items and in some instances structural repair.
Assistance to Small Businesses, Community, Voluntary and Sporting Bodies
Defence Minister, Paul Kehoe, announced a humanitarian scheme to provide emergency assistance for small businesses (up to 20 employees), sports clubs and community organisations unable to secure flood insurance, which have been affected by flooding. This scheme is being administered by the Irish Red Cross and details can be accessed at https://www.redcross.ie/news-and-events/laois-humanitarian-support-scheme/
After Flooding Clean-up
Flooding.ie has some useful information on how to deal with the aftermath of flooding in relation to Loss Assessment, Cleaning up your house, Drying out, Repairs & Restoration of services. http://www.flooding.ie/Afterflooding/
Laois County Council would like to acknowledge and thank the public for their on-going co-operation.