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Flood victims to get compensation
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The women were rescued from their home in Cushendall
Flood victims in north Antrim are to get the same £1,000 compensation as other affected areas, a junior minister has pledged.

Several houses in Cushendall were flooded after the river Dall burst its banks following heavy rain.

An elderly woman and her pregnant daughter had to be rescued.

Junior minister Ian Paisley Jnr said those whose homes were damaged would receive the same hardship payments as those made elsewhere.

Households affected by last month's serious flooding in Belfast received payments of £1,000.

'Now be extended'

Mr Paisley Jnr, a North Antrim MLA, said he raised the plight of his constituents with Finance Minister Peter Robinson and Environment Minister Arlene Foster.

"There will be an emergency payout because of the emergency circumstances people find themselves in," he said.

"At least six of my constituents are now homeless and will be out of their homes for several nights, maybe even months.

"This package will now be extended to this part of north Antrim."

During Monday night's flooding in Cushendall, the mother and daughter were trapped in their home by water reaching four feet in places.

Firefighters managed to lift the pair to safety through a front window. They were said to be badly shaken.

"The old woman wasn't mobile so it was quite difficult getting her through the window to safety," fire watch commander Malachy Jamison said.

"The young girl was very, very upset as well."

Two foot bridges were almost swept away and a local primary school was damaged.

A clean-up operation is continuing on Tuesday, but people fear more heavy rain could be on the way.




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Damage caused by the flood in Cushendall



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