Two flash flood victims in the Bellarena ward of Limavady have received £1,000 emergency payments, Mayor Cathal McLaughlin has revealed.
The Sinn Fein councillor said he visisted several families last Wednesday whose homes were damaged following the flash floods and relentless heavy rain.
“The damage was just unbelievable, but I am pleased to confirm that there will be an emergency pay out of £1,000 to each affected household from the Assembly Executive,” he said.
“This fund will be distributed locally by Limavady Borough Council. The circumstances these unfortunate people find themselves in beggars belief. I called an emergency meeting with the relevant officials at Limavady Council on Friday and they confirmed that two claims for £1,000 had already been paid. Several local families are now homeless and will be out of their homes for several nights’ maybe even weeks or months.”
Colr. McLaughlin urged anyone whose homes suffered flooding to contact him at 028 777 42488 and he will arrange for Limavady Borough Council officers to process an urgent inspection of their property.
“If the claim is eligible you will receive a payment of £1,000 within a matter of days”, he said.
“In addition I can also facilitate 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 providing de-humidifiers to dry out affected homes.”
Colr. McLaughlin added the £1,000 payment is aimed at ensuring homes are made habitable as quickly as possible.
“This is not a compensation payment,” he said. “In the event of another flash flood warning I would advise residents to move cars, pets, food, valuables and important documents to safety. Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if it’s safe to do so and be prepared to evacuate your home. Try to stop any water from entering your home by using sandbags and flood boards to prevent water entering through doors and windows sealing airbricks with plastic covers or cloths and towels. Put plugs in sinks and baths and weigh them down with a sandbag, pillowcase or a plastic bag filled with garden soil, or a heavy object.”