Disaster Fund Launched for Victims of Floods

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Disaster Fund Launched for Victims of Floods


THE cost of cleaning up the damage, lost possessions, lost business and insurance pay-outs following floods in the Aberystwyth area on the weekend are expected to run into millions of pounds.

And an emergency fund has been launched by Ceredigion council to help victims of the weekend floods, the authority leader Ellen ap Gwynn said yesterday.

Councillor ap Gwynn has seen at first hand the effects of the early Saturday morning deluge, being a resident of one of the worst affected villages, Talybont, a few miles north of Aberystwyth.

Residents in places including Talybont, Dol-y-bont, Llandre and Penrhyncoch entered a third day of mopping up sodden homes and caravans yesterday.

The Met Office says almost double June's average rainfall came down in just 24 hours last Friday leading to more than 1,000 people being evacuated and 150 being rescued during the early hours of Saturday morning when the rivers Leri and Ceulan burst their banks.

The emergency fund will be used to help those who were not insured or who will not get compensation for what happened or others who have suffered exceptional hardship.

Coun ap Gwynn said: "The details are yet to be finalised but I would urge the public to donate anything they can to help those who have lost everything. …

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