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Donegal County Council sets up humanitarian helpline 23.08.17

DONEGAL County Council has issued a humanitarian helpline number for people suffering the after-effects of one of the worst thunder storms to hit the North West in living memory.
Some people have been left homeless after devastating downpours hit the area on Tuesday night leaving houses destroyed with flood water and washing away main roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
A number of businesses were forced to close their doors as a major clean-up operation got underway.
The Point Inn in Quigley's Point, one of worst affected areas of the Inishowen peninsula, has been forced to close until further notice.
Staff at the roadside hotel struggled to contain the floodwaters for a number of hours on Tuesday night along with family and friends.
"Due to the flooding last night we are unfortunately closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thanks to everyone who gave a hand last night. It's very much appreciated," management said in a social media post.
Meanwhile, An Grianan Hotel, some 10km away in Burt, had to deploy sandbags in a bid to stop the water flooding the lobby.
Despite this, the hotel took in a number of stranded motorists who could not get home on Tuesday night, and
"The hotel has been heavily impacted by the recent flooding. Staff are doing everything they can to regain 100% service. We sincerely apologise for any inconveniences caused during this time. Bar Food is running as normal from 12.30pm-9pm," management said urging people to call them for more information.
One Fermanagh family, the Duffys, who were accommodated at the hotel after becoming stranded following a day trip to Inishowen on Tuesday said: Thank you for all the help last night. You took us in when we were stranded and were trying to cope with the awful flooding around your own hotel. And this morning the hotel is running and breakfast is great. Fantastic hotel and thank you again," Michelle Duffy posted on Facebook.
Meanwhile, sources said Donegal County Council would struggle to cope both financially and logistically with the clean-up operation with some people calling on the Government to deploy Army personnel to the area immediately.
Donegal County Council's humanitarian line is 074 91 53900 or out-of-hours on 074 91 72288.
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