Thursday 8 December 2016

Family trapped in own home as water inches closer to front door

Claire McCormack

Published 12/12/2015 | 19:07

Sand bags in place to prevent flood waters from the River Shannon encroach the house of Kevin O'Connor and his children Tristin, Oisin and Amy in the Portavolla estate at Bannaher, Co. Offally.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Sand bags in place to prevent flood waters from the River Shannon encroach the house of Kevin O'Connor and his children Tristin, Oisin and Amy in the Portavolla estate at Bannaher, Co. Offally. Photo: Tony Gavin

A family in Banagher, Co Offaly, are trapped in their home with water inching closer to their front and back door.

  • Go To

The O’Connors family home, at Portavolla estate in Banagher town is located along the banks of the River Shannon.

Kevin O'Connor, father of three said: "We're trapped, the kids can't go outside and the dogs are cooped up inside, we're constantly looking out the window hoping that it won't creep any closer".

“The floods are not as bad as 2009 and the guards and other authorties are going in and out to make sure we’re okay but we shouldn’t have to put up with this,” he said.

Meanwhile in Athlone, residents living along The Strand are working night and day to fight off the rising levels of the River Shannon - just a few meters from their homes.

Bernard Kelly, a resident of Wolf Tone Terrace said: “We’re holding our own at the moment, we’re not in a panic but we didn’t expect this situation to happen again this quick”.

“The 2009 disaster caught us by surprise but it was inevitable that this would happen again and nothing has been done to bolster the defences,” he said adding that residents have set up a roster system to man the pumps outside their front doors.

“We have to give credit to the authorities for their immediate response but they need to put robust and effective measure in place to stop it from happening again,” he said.

Gabrielle McFadden, Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael TD, says the residents and local volunteers are doing "fantastic work" to battle the the rising levels of the River Shannon.

"Businesses, cafes and restaurants and all donating food for those affected. I know people are worried but the community spirit is keeping spirits high. We will get through this together,” she said.

Online Editors

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News