Evacuation in Mountmellick. Pic Kevin Byrne
The community in Mountmellick is rallying around flood victims, not just by offering help with the big clean-up, but by digging deep in their pockets.
A fund that was set up yesterday evening to help victims, has already passed the €2,000 mark.
Mountmellick Community Relief Fund was set up by local woman Annette Morris Keane, with the aim of raising €5,000.
Donations can be made online, and will go into an account set up by Richie Westman in Mountmellick Credit Union.
"Thank you so much everyone for your amazing kindness! So many wonderful people supporting the flood relief," Annette has posted on the fund facebook page.
A meeting is taking place this evening Sunday November 26 at 8pm, in Wolfe Tone Community Hall, where an official fund-raising committee will be set up for people to apply for relief.
Other plans by Mountmellick Community Flood Relief include a fundraising concert.
"Please attend this meeting if you can offer help in making this concert happen. We need entertainment, staffing, advertisers, spot prizes etc," Annette has said.
Local people are making offers of help including furniture, fitting wooden floors, fixing damaged cars, hot meals and help with clean-ups.
There will also be a fundraising acoustic music session in Turley's pub next Friday night December 1.
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