€1.7m to help Donegal pay for the cost of recent flood damage

The Government is making almost €9 million Euro available to local authorities, to help deal with the clean up following Hurricane Ophelia and other major weather events in 2017.

Despite bad weather causing widespread damage and disruption, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government says the exceptional nature of preparation and response by local authorities led to a remarkably swift recovery.

Donegal County Council will get €1.7m to deal with the impact of last August’s flooding mainly on the Inishowen peninsula.

The Government is acknowledging the preparation and responses of local authorities making over 9 million euro available to help cover the cost of the cleanup for the winter weather events.

Over €1.98 million is being made available to Cork City Council, €1.4m to Cork County Council and over €330,000 for Galway city and county among other local authorities affected.

€1.73n has been made available to Donegal for the extreme rainfall event and flooding in August while €208,000 is being made available for severe flooding in Mountmellick in Laois, after the River Barrow overflowed in November.

Along with acknowledging the responses in place the Government’s also noted that systems for dealing with vulnerable customers worked well and should be carried forward for the future.