£1k payment available for flood victims

Published Wednesday, 06 August 2014
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An emergency scheme for householders across Northern Ireland, who have been affected by flooding, has been activated by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

£1k payment available for flood victims
Heavy rain is expected to continue on Wednesday. (© Getty)

Support in the form of a £1,000 payment will be available across the 26 council areas for individual householders whose homes have been damaged by recent heavy rainfall.

The Environment Minister said the money is "an offer of practical assistance to those who have suffered severe inconvenience, to ensure homes are made habitable as quickly as possible".

He added: "It is not a compensation payment."

Mr Durkan said: "If you feel that you may be entitled to the payment, contact your council as soon as possible and they will arrange for an urgent inspection of your property. If the council decides that your claim is eligible, you will receive your payment within a matter of days.

"In addition, your council can also offer a range of practical help and guidance, including collection, retention and disposal of damaged household contents, assistance with arrangements to clean up your home and garden, and also by providing de-humidifiers to dry out affected homes."

The Department of Environment will reimburse councils for the payments to individual householders and for the costs of providing practical assistance and advice.

"I and my Executive colleagues want to help those most severely affected to get back to normal as quickly as possible and to assist them in ensuring their homes are habitable," Mr Durkan added.

"Working with and through councils, my aim is to ensure that practical and financial help is delivered to those most in need as early as possible. I would also urge people to keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours."

The risk of localised flooding remains on Wednesday as a yellow weather warning for rain is in place until 6pm.

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