Galway-based Senator Sean Kyne says the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme will be made available to householders whose homes were damaged by flooding in Clifden yesterday.

After a morning of intense, heavy rainfall, some people were evacuated from their homes, while the primary and secondary schools in the town were advised by Gardai to close early and some roads were closed throughout the day.

About 17 properties in total were evacuated after the Owenglen river overtopped, following the heavy rain.

Galway County Council says up to 50 mm of rainfall was recorded in the Connemara area over Tuesday night and yesterday morning - before water levels began to recede in the afternoon.

Some locals said the flooding was the worst they had ever seen, and said the heavy rain was unexpected, as there was no weather warning for the area until yesterday morning.

Galway-based FG Senator Sean Kyne visited Clifden yesterday evening to view the damage, and confirmed that  - following representations to Minister Heather Humphreys - the Humanitarian  Assistance Scheme will be made available through the local Intreo office, to provide support to householders affected by the flooding and to assist with the clean-up operation.

Senator Kyne has also been in contact with Patrick O'Donovan, Minister of State at the OPW, and said the root cause of the flooding must be found and dealt with.





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