Council processes 120 flood grants
OVER 120 people have applied to Lisburn Council for an emergency
£1,000 hardship payment to help them after their homes were
affected by the weekend flooding.
The council says officers have been working
since last Saturday helping those affected by what is being
described as the wrost flooding in living memory.
As well as providing as many emergency sandbags
as possible during the course of the weekend council officers
were also in discussions with other agencies to ensure help was
brought quickly to where it was needed most.
Following the announcement by the Environment
Minister that those worst affected by the flooding will receive
£1,000 as a one-off hardship payment, the council's officers
have been working with affected residents and inspecting damaged
By close of business on Tuesday the Council
says it had received over 120 calls requesting assistance with
the first set of £1,000 grants being issued twenty-four hours
Lisburn's Mayor, Councillor Ronnie Crawford
"Now that thankfully the flood waters are
subsiding our main concern is getting these hardship
payments out to residents. are quickly as possible and
assisting with the cleaning of affected areas.
"Council Officers have been working round
the clock since last Saturday to help Lisburn residents in
this horrendous situation with our officers on site with
residents by Monday.
"These payments are now coming through
for those worst hit and I would like to thank all those
involved including, residents, the emergency services and
Council staff who have pulled together to try and bring this
flooding chaos under some sort of control."