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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Local councillors to brief flood victims; cleanup carries on

Fresh floods hamper efforts

An open meeting will be held in West Limerick tonight where residents affected by recent flooding will be able to put questions and concerns to local councillors.

It’s expected that local councillors from the Newcastle West and Rathkeale areas will be briefed this evening on the latest regarding cleanup efforts. Councillors will outline their own concerns regarding issues which have arisen in the aftermath of the flooding ranging from the level of damage to roads in the area, whether rates can be waved for those affected and the investigation of future flood prevention ideas.

The forum will also discuss the situation regarding elderly people that have been made homeless by the flooding as well as ruined businesses. It has again been stressed that Government funding is essential.

Meanwhile a hardware store owner in Castleisland, Co Kerry has said he is donating beds and other furniture free of charge to residents who suffered flood damage. Peter Brown of Browns Hardware shop is making beds, mattresses, bedside lockers and other furniture available.

Many homes in the region have suffered serious damage as a result of flooding from the river Arra. The chamber of commerce has welcomed the donation.

Anyone who wishes to avail of this offer must contact Councillor Michael Collins on 069 66766

The area was again affected by floods Wednesday night although not on the scale of last Thursday.All eyes in the region are now turning to Saturday morning when more heavy and persistent rain is due to move into the country.

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