Flooding: Humanitarian Aid and local support continues for Mountmellick flood victims

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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Flooding: Humanitarian Aid Centre in Mountmellick offering help from new base

The flooded N80 road in Irishtown Mountmellick. Photos: Denis Byrne

Help is continuing for flood victims in Mountmellick, from both official and community sources.

Laois County Council has issued a new update on supports for the over 100 houses and businesses who were flooded across Laois last week, particularly for the worst affected area in Mountmellick.

The Humanitarian Aid Centre has now moved from Wolfe Tone Court to the Civic Offices and Library on O’ Moore Street, Mountmellick.

Opening hours are as follows: Friday, December 1 10am to 3pm. Saturday December 2 10am to 12pm and then from Monday to Friday December 4 to 8 from 10am to 3pm.

The centre is for anyone who requires support including emergency housing, dealing with the aftermath at their properties or any other humanitarian need.  Call in or ring 057-8664000.

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.  See details here.  

There is also a €2 million assistance fund, for small businesses (up to 20 employees), community, voluntary and sporting bodies, unable to get flood insurance, who were affected. It is administered by the Irish Red Cross. Get details here.  

Flooding.ie has 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. See more here. 

Meanwhile the local Mountmellick community has arranged several fundraisers to support victims. 

The Little Black Dress night organised for the Ben & Jake Connolly Trust on December 9 is now in aid of Mountmellick Community Flood Relief. See more here. 

Turley's Pub has an open Jam session this Friday December 1, and public donations will be matched by the pub owners.

A Mountmellick Flood Relief Fund is open in Mountmellick Credit Union, while offers of diy, furniture  etc are being accepted on the Mountmellick Flood Relief Household Items facebook page.

Sonas community creche which was badly flooded is accepting clean replacement toys at the MDA . 

A fun run/walk takes place this Sunday from O'Moore Street at 11am, adults €10, families €20, while the Mountmellick Christmas Fair this Sunday from 1pm to 6pm is also holding a collection for Mountmellick Flood Community Support, as well as collecting items for the PATH homeless charity. 

Mountmellick St Vincent de Paul is also offering support. See more here. 

See more on the fair and the Christmas tree here.