Local woman donates €1,000 voucher to Mountmellick flood victims

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Local woman donates €1,000 voucher to Mountmellick flood victims

Kathleen O'Neill (third from right) pictured with volunteers from the Mountmellick Flood Community Support group in her home on Manor Road which suffered flood damage.

A Mountmellick woman, Grainne Culleton, has generously donated a €1,000 voucher to those affected by the floods in Mountmellick in November.

The voucher is for Homebase and will be a huge help to people who need to re-paint and get new furniture for their homes.

The floods took place on November 22 and to date, over sixty homes have come forward to seek assistance from Mountmellick Flood Community Support group.

The group is made up of volunteers who are on the ground helping people get their homes back to normal after they were contaminated by the flood water.

This involves many steps as people have been damaged to different extents, some people have insurance and others are applying for Humanitarian Aid. 

It is a chaotic experience for both flood victims and volunteers as the trauma of the floods sets in, just two weeks before Christmas. 

Some people have managed to get their homes back to normal. People like Fionnuala Dunne received help from Mountmellick Flood Community Support. The volunteers cleaned out her sitting room, got new flooring down and managed to collect and deliver a brand new couch to Fionnuala that was kindly donated. 

This is the kind of work that the €1,000 Homebase voucher will go towards.

This is just one of many generous donations that have been pouring in over the past couple of weeks. 

Chris Lynch who left Mountmellick over 50 years donated a massive $4,000 last week.

The fund now has over €10,000 although an official count is yet to be carried out when all money is lodged.

Edel Watchorne is the Treasurer of the Mountmellick Flood Community Support group and she explained how the funds raised will be distributed.

“What we plan on doing is offering everybody a standard payment so what we are going to do is not means test it but per household and per occupant so that seems like the fairest way.

“We don’t actually know what we have in the account at the moment but we are going to allocate for example 50 percent of that for standard payments, 25 percent aside for emergencies and 25 percent for people who haven’t got insurance and stuff like that.

“Somebody from St. Vincent de Paul said that they have an allocation of money for emergencies if people need help with oil or bills.

“Somebody came into me here last night in the shop and they said that they are not badly off but they could do with a few bob for Christmas because their money is going on this prepay power running the dehumidifiers. This is an unexpected expense this is something they didn’t anticipate coming up to Christmas.

“We have asked everybody who has carried out a fundraiser to lodge the money into the account by next week so we can count it and then we will know how much we have.

“Some people have said they don’t want the money and it is up to them if they want to take it or not. They can hand it back or lodge it back into the account themselves. Some people still don’t know we are here so it is important to get the word out,” she said.

Read More: This Mountmellick family spent almost three weeks in emergency accommodation after the flood.