Flooding in Clon. Pic: West Cork Times

A €10 million hardship fund has been extended to people in Clonakilty and surrounding areas to help with repairs to their flood-hit homes.

The funding from the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme is being extended to households in West Cork which were affected by the recent flash floods.

Affected households can now apply for assistance to cover repairs to carpets, flooring, furniture, household appliances and bedding, while structural damage will also be considered.

The scheme is similar to those established in the wake of the Dublin flooding in 2011 and Galway in 2009.

Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “While the local recovery effort following the floods has been incredible, many homes are still struggling to cover costs of damages and funding provided through the scheme will help get people back on their feet sooner rather than later.

“I wish to commend my colleague, the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton for bringing this proposal before Cabinet in the first instance this morning and for pursuing the issue in recent weeks.”

Anyone seeking assistance under the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme should contact their local Department of Social Protection representative (former Community Welfare Officer).

Further information and application forms are available from the Community Welfare Service in the affected areas and from the Department’s website: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Schemes/SupplementaryWelfareAllowance/Pages/HumanitarianAidScheme.aspx.