The Irish Red Cross today launched an ‘Ireland Floods’ appeal to aid families affected by floodingaround the country. As the extent of the flood damage continues to be assessed the Irish Red Cross is appealing for donations on behalf of those affected.
High tides and storms have caused flooding in many counties, including Wexford, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Louth and Cork. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and rising flood waters have forced thousands of people to evacuate to emergency centres.
Donal Forde, Secretary General of Irish Red Cross appealed for help, “Many family homes have been swamped with flood waters, ruining all contents and personal belongings. We expect the clean up to be extensive and are appealing for donations to support those whose homes have been damaged.”
“Our volunteers are also continuing to help with evacuations and supporting the emergency services in many areas around the country,” added Mr Forde.In Limerick city on Saturday, Irish Red Cross volunteers assisted in the evacuation of families from the main areas of flooding in St. Mary’s park and Kings Island.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Irish Red Cross ‘Ireland Floods’ appeal can do soonline atwww.redcross.ie; by phone: 1850 50 70 70; or by cheque made out to ‘Irish Red Cross’ and marked ‘Ireland Floods’ and sent to Irish Red Cross, 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Apply for Assistance
The Irish Red Cross will work closely with the Community Welfare Service within the Department of Social Protection to identify those most in need of assistance from the Ireland Floods Appeal. Residents in the affected areas that wish to apply for assistance from the Irish Red Cross should first contact their local Community Welfare Office.
Photo: February 1st 2014, Residents use a boat to navigate flood waters after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City. . Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire