There is no doubt that council staff, emergency services, the Gardai, the Army, Civil Defence, Red Cross, staff from the Office of Public Works, the farming community and local communities themselves have done tremendous work over the last number of weeks since flood waters started to rise and they all deserve a big thank you.
We have now seen two ‘100 year floods’ in the last six years and sadly we are by no means out of the woods this winter yet, but lets hope for the best.
But right now we need to focus on the victims and there are a number of supports in place for families, businesses and farmers.
I’ve outlined what is available in the briefing notes here:
There is also more general information for people who were under threat or where there business was affected available in the responses that I received from various Ministers.
The replies cover areas such as:
-actions by AIB & Bank of Ireland to help victims
-waivers on Rates
-tax credit for flood prevention works
-landlords to be considered on case by case basis for flood funding
Finally, this week the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht published its Report on Flooding and Property Insurance in Ireland 2015 which can be accessed here: http://www.oireachtas.
Please circulate this blog post to any person that may have been directly or indirectly impacted upon by the recent flooding.