DERRY AUTISM CENTRE IS SHUT AFTER FLOODS DAMAGE PREMISES
A SUPPORT centre for autistic children and parents in Derry will remain closed for weeks after suffering flood damage.
The Circle of Support Group’s centre is a parent-led group that provides advice to families with autistic children.
The North West and Donegal bore the full brunt of last week’s thunderstorm and torrential leaving many people trapped in their cars or homes.
Twenty local families are being housed in emergency accommodation as result.
Family homes have been ruined and all their possession, from clothing, toys and jewellery perished in the floods
The Housing Executive says those who have been left homeless will be rehoused in mobile homes, and are assessing a site for six caravans in Eglinton.
The Circle of Support Group has had to dump resources it has gathered over the years.
David Campbell, the group’s chairman, said a lot of equipment had been damaged.
“It is very disheartening to see the damage,” he told BBC Radio Foyle.
“There was a lot of sentimental things lost like photographs, artwork and newspaper clippings.
“These things are irreplaceable, but the support we have been getting has been great.
“We hope to open again in the next two or three weeks.”