Julie Molloy at Pearse Street Mountmellick. Photo Denis Byrne
Flood victims in Mountmellick are being urged to go to go to the Wolfe Tone Court Community Centre to find out how they can get emergency help at a Flood Response HQ in the town.
Representatives of Laois County Council, the Army, the Gardaí and the Department of Social Protection are all on duty in the town and are available to assist.
Laois TD and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said an emergency payment of €100 euro per adult and €50 would be made available.
Minister Flanagan said a humanitarian package is agreed. Minister Flanagan met or spoke with Ministers in Dublin last night to confirm the response.
These included the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, and the Minister of State with Responsibility for Flood Relief Kevin Boxer Moran in the Office of Public Works. He also spoke with Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe who gave the green light for the Irish Army to visit the scene.
Minister 'Boxer' Moran, who was at the forefront of the battle against flooding in Athlone, is due to visit Mountmellick this afternoon. The Minister is also due to meet Laois County Council's Chief Executive John Mulholland.