FLOODING UPDATE FROM LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL


PRESS RELEASE AT 14.00 – 24th NOVEMBER 2017 – LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL

Laois County Council wish to advise that the N80 is now open to traffic.

With regard to Portarlington, Botley Lane, Bog Road and Patrick Street are closed. Diversions are in place and the Council will continue to monitor the situation.

Members of the public are requested to observe road closure signs, drive appropriately and not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

The Council’s Housing Service and the Department of Social Protection is continuing to provide support and assistance to those affected by the floods. Anyone who requires support including emergency housing, dealing with the aftermath at their properties or any other humanitarian need can call to the Humanitarian Aid Centre at Wolfe Tone Court Mountmellick. This service will continue to be provided at the Centre until 6.00 pm this evening and will be available again from 9.00 am to 2.00pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Useful information on how to deal with the aftermath of flooding can be accessed at http://www.flooding.ie/Intheeventofaflood/

Defence Minister, Paul Kehoe, announced a humanitarian flooding scheme to provide emergency assistance for small businesses (up to 20 employees), sports clubs and community organisations unable to secure flood insurance, which have been affected by flooding. This scheme is being administered by the Irish Red Cross and details can be accessed at https://www.redcross.ie/news-and-events/laois-humanitarian-support-scheme/

Please be advised if you require the assistance of Laois County Council contact (057) 86 64000. In the event that you require the emergency services, please dial 999.

Laois County Council would like to acknowledge and thank the public for their on-going co-operation. Laois County Council would also like to acknowledge the assistance provided by other local authorities and all agencies including members of the Defence Forces.