Kevin Boxer Moran, Charlie Flanagan and Padraig Fleming in Mountmellick. Pic: Kevin Byrne
Small businesses, clubs and community organisations in Mountmellick hit by the floods will be able to avail of emergency help of up to €20,000 under response new scheme.
Laois County Council confirmed that Defence Minister, Paul Kehoe announced the provision of a humanitarian support 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 over the last 24 hours.
Similar to previous flooding incidents, the scheme will be administered by the Irish Red Cross with the details being made
available on their website shortly.
The scheme is a humanitarian support contribution towards the costs of returning business, sport and community premises to their pre-flood condition including the replacement of flooring, fixtures and fittings and damaged stock where relevant.
The scheme will not provide a contribution to loss of earnings or loss of business goodwill.
The scheme will have two stages:
The first stage will commence immediately and will provide a contribution of up to €5,000, depending on the scale of damage
incurred. It is anticipated that this will meet the needs for the majority of those affected.
In the event that the premises have incurred significant damages above €5,000, the second stage will provide a means to seek further support.
The total level of support available for both stages combined will be capped at €20,000