O’Neill launches £1 million flood protection scheme

Michelle O'Neill (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development)  and David Porter (Cheif Executive Rivers Agency) today viewed the flooding at Meghan Ni Raifeartaigh's home at Derryall Portadown. Also in the photograph is Meghan's mum Cathy Rafferty.

Michelle O'Neill (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development) and David Porter (Cheif Executive Rivers Agency) today viewed the flooding at Meghan Ni Raifeartaigh's home at Derryall Portadown. Also in the photograph is Meghan's mum Cathy Rafferty.

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Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Michelle O’Neill, has launched a new £1 million scheme to help people protect their homes from flooding.

The grant scheme will allow owners of residential properties at risk of flooding to install physical barriers and equipment to help reduce the impact of flooding on their homes.

“We have all seen the damage and hardship that flooding can have on individuals and communities over recent weeks so I am delighted that this scheme will help homeowners, that may not be able to benefit from a larger scale flood alleviation scheme, to protect their property from flooding.”

Michelle O’Neill, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister

Launching the Homeowner Flood Protection Grant Scheme Minister O’Neill said: “We have all seen the damage and hardship that flooding can have on individuals and communities over recent weeks so I am delighted that this scheme will help homeowners, that may not be able to benefit from a larger scale flood alleviation scheme, to protect their property from flooding.

“Those eligible for the scheme will receive a 90% grant towards the cost of installing equipment to protect their homes. Depending on the size and type of property we would expect the contribution from homeowners to be around £350 to £750.

“It is not always possible to completely prevent flood water entering a home, however, individual property protection can reduce the potential internal flood depth, and this can substantially reduce flood damage and the subsequent costs of property repair,” the Minister added.

The overall cost of protecting an average home is expected to be between £3,500 to £8,000 using measures such as door barriers, airbrick covers, non return drainage outlets and waterproofing walls.

“I would encourage people who have flooded before, or may be at risk of flooding, to contact Rivers Agency and determine if their property meets the scheme eligibility criteria,” Minister O’Neill continued.

This scheme is a new approach to flood protection, developed by Rivers Agency on behalf of the inter-departmental EU Floods Directive Steering Group. It will run for at least two years at which time a review will be undertaken to determine its longer term viability.

Further information and scheme application pack can be downloaded from https://www.dardni.gov.uk/articles/homeowner-flood-protection-grant-scheme