While the people in this picture may be smiling for the cameras as they are towed away from their flooded homes and businesses, the full extent of their plight as they face the mop-up operations of the days and weeks to come, has touched many throughout the country.
In today’s Irish Examiner newspaper, the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) revealed how eight warehouses around the country have been filled “from floor to ceiling” with donations following an appeal for household items for flood victims.
SVP president Mairead Bushnell said the society had been inundated with items such as beds, linen and other household goods from donors. Ms Bushnell said the society has been “overwhelmed by the response”.
The SVP said the response from Cork had been particularly overwhelming. “”As a result of this unprecedented response we are very fortunate to have been offered storage space in two locations in the city.” A facility has been made available at the William O’Brien Public Storage unit in Bishopstown.
It is open for donations from 8am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 2pm to 6pm on Sunday. And a second facility has been made available in O’Connell Commercial Park in Little Island.
“We would also encourage those who have been affected by the floods to seek our help by contacting the regional office at 021 4270444.”
* A SVP Flood Appeal account has been set up at AIB Bank, 66 South Mall, account number 47092772, sort code 93-63-83 or by donating at http://www.svp.ie