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Sunday 31 August 2014

Relief fund created to help Limerick flood victims

Aishling Phelan

Published 07/02/2014 | 19:34

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Residents of St Mary's Park in Limerick city deal with flash flooding following the storm. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
Residents of St Mary's Park in Limerick city deal with flash flooding

A special relief fund has been set up to assist those devastated by the floods in Limerick.

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Some 2,000 residents and 300 homes are said to be affected by flood damage.

Limerick city centre was the scene of some of the worst flooding ever experienced in the region last weekend.

Hundreds of people across the county have donated money, clothing, food, fuel and household supplies to help flood victims.

Susan Duhig of Star Rovers AFC told the Limerick Leader they are delivering a hot breakfast and dinner to at least 103 houses in St Mary’s Park.

The area was badly damaged after the river Shannon burst its banks and parts of the area were under four feet of water.

Most of the residents on the north side of the city have decided to remain in their homes.

They are sleeping on the first level while ground floors have been gutted of all their belongings.

“We have a list of the affected houses, and a ticket system so that only those affected by the floods can get free meals, and we also have tickets for people to go to a dry-cleaners and wash their clothes,” she told the newspaper.

Fitzgerald’s Electrical has loaned out the 12 dehumidifiers they have in stock directly to the victims of the floods to help them dry out their homes.

Council workers began sanitising council houses after they were destroyed with sewerage water and asked residents to leave their homes for several hours during this work.

High tides and heavy downpours wreaked havoc across the country last weekend, leaving many homes flooded and without power.

A low pressure system will fall across Ireland tomorrow bringing with it some heavy and thundery downpours, with areas near rivers at most risk of flooding.

Donations can be made through St. Mary’s Flood Relief A/C, Bank of Ireland, 125 O’Connell St. Limerick, Sort Code: 904309, AC No: 83382269.

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