NEARLY €670,000 has been paid out by the State to the victims of the worst flooding Limerick has ever witnessed over the past nine months.
New figures obtained by the Limerick Leader from the Department of Social Protection show that a total of €668,338 has been paid out in Limerick, as a result of 600 claims, as of October 31 last.
In all, some €1,157,942 has issued under the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme, established in November 2009, this year in respect of 904 claims.
The scheme, which is means tested, is available to assist people whose homes are damaged by flooding and who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs, household items and in some instances structural repair.
Levels of payment under the scheme depend on the relative severity of damage experienced and the household’s ability to meet these costs ensuring that the funding is appropriately targeted. Humanitarian Assistance does not cover risks that are covered by insurance policies or cover business or commercial losses.
Limerick received by far the highest level of payments under the scheme, though Minister Brian Hayes said earlier this year that the floods in Limerick city were the worst he had ever seen. By comparison, the next highest allocation was for flood victims in Clare, with nearly €120,000 paid out in respect of 48 payments.
Separately, the Irish Red Cross and Saint Vincent de Paul contributed towards easing the plight of victims, in addition to two separate funds which were set up in the aftermath of the floods.