OVER €275,000 has now been paid out by the State in humanitarian aid to victims of the flooding in Limerick, whose homes were destroyed earlier this year.
New figures obtained by the Limerick Leader show that as of March 21, 433 payments have been paid out in Limerick, resulting in €275,545 being received locally.
Nationally, €442,517 has been paid out as a result of 578 claims, with Limerick receiving the highest amount in aid in the country, at 62% of the total amount paid out to date. After Limerick, there were 39 payments in Waterford, with €53,169 paid out, the second highest allocation in the country. Clare, Kerry, Cork, Galway, and Tipperary received the next highest payments, from €33,000 to €7,000 respectively.
Department of Social Protection officials have made approximately 600 home visits countrywide to individuals they have identified as requiring various levels of support following the floods.
In Limerick, department officials visited some 230 homes, and in excess of 600 customers have presented to the community welfare services clinics.
The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and Limerick City Council have agreed that all house repairs in the regeneration area of St Mary’s Park, including privately and publicly owned houses will be funded from the Regeneration Scheme.
To date some 10 privately owned houses in this area have had works carried out at a cost of approximately €100,000.
Two applications in Limerick for ‘stage 3 assistance’ -such as plastering, dry-lining, relaying of floors, electrical re-wiring and painting - have been processed with payments ranging from some €2,000 to €5,000.
The Humanitarian Assistance scheme, which is means tested, is being made available to assist people whose homes are damaged by the severe weather and who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs, household items and in some instances structural repair.
Assistance is not provided for losses which are covered by insurance or for commercial and business losses.