The Irish Red Cross has launched an ‘Irish Floods’ appeal to aid those who were affected by the flooding in on Monday, October 24th.
As the extent of the flood damage becomes clearer the number of people contacting the Irish Red Cross wishing to donate is increasing.
Donal Forde, Secretary General of Irish Red Cross said “We are receiving calls from members of the public who are moved by the extent of the damage caused to the homes of their neighbours and to the homes of many people throughout the affected areas. With everyone we speak to there is a clear sense of shock – no one expects this to happen to them”.
“Donations received will be used to support those whose homes have been damaged by flood water caused by Monday’s record rainfall.” said Forde. “We will work closely with the Community Welfare Service within the Department of Social Protection to identify those most in need of our assistance”.
The Irish Red Cross has an extensive network of volunteers throughout Ireland who act as an auxiliary to the State. On Monday night the Irish Red Cross was put on standby as part of the Major Emergency Management plan. Volunteers in Wicklow and Dublin remained on alert throughout the night ready assist as needed. In Wicklow, the Irish Red Cross Glen of Imaal mountain rescue team formed part of the search and rescue operation in Blessington.
Please note: The Irish Red Cross Floods Appeal has now closed (November 21st 2011).
Any persons wishing to apply for aid should contact their local Communitty Welfare Officer