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Dunedin flood victims to receive assistance from nationwide appeal

A nationwide appeal to aid Dunedin residents affected by last week's one in 100-year flood has been launched.

The effects of the record breaking flooding in Dunedin are still being felt. Source: 1 NEWS

The Dunedin Flood Appeal will allow people to donate to help Dunedinites who cannot receive assistance from other avenues, such as insurance.

Dunedin was swamped by a record breaking volume of rain last Wednesday, turning highways into rivers and flooding entire neighbourhoods.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said he didn't want any individual or family to fall through the cracks, and has donated $5000 from the Mayor's Discretionary Fund.

"We know there's a group of people who have lost pretty much everything and we want to be able to help.

"We have already heard from people and groups across New Zealand who want to contribute. The floods have affected many people in our community and it's heart warming to know other towns and cities are rallying around us," he said.

Money raised through the appeal will be used to fund applications made to the Mayoral Relief Fund, which was set up last week.

Donations to the flood appeal are being accepted at all Dunedin Westpac branches, or donations can be made directly to 03 0905 0184000 18.

A street appeal in Dunedin will also be held on Friday, 19 June.