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Alex Maskey cautiously welcomes financial commitment to flood victims

13 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast Alex Maskey has today given a 'cautious' welcome to the decision by British Minister Shaun Woodward's commitment to ensure that approximately 40 families affected by the recent floods in the Lower Ormeau Road area will be compensated.

On a visit to the district, Mr Woodward promised that payments of between £1,000 and £2,000 would be made available to families as early as tomorrow.

Speaking this afternoon Mr Maskey said:

"I am pleased that Mr Woodward has visited the Lower Ormeau to view the damages caused by the recent flooding in the area, albeit almost two weeks ago. I also welcome the fact that his department is prepared to accept responsibility for the fact that the system failed in this district.

"Residents are encouraged by the fact that an immediate emergency payment will be made within the next 24 hours of between £1,000 and £2,000 will be made available to those most affected by the floods. I am hopeful that Mr Woodward's pledges will be met in the days ahead to help those affected in the lead up to Christmas." ENDS

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