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Mother's plea to minister for help after second flooding in six years

Published 23/12/2015 | 02:30

Fiona Greaney with her 11-month-old son Tommy at their home in Ballinasloe, Co Galway; after the flooding, Ms Greaney had to remove three tankerloads of sewer water from her garden. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Fiona Greaney with her 11-month-old son Tommy at their home in Ballinasloe, Co Galway; after the flooding, Ms Greaney had to remove three tankerloads of sewer water from her garden. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The mother of a young baby has pleaded with OPW Minister Simon Harris to help her family after their home was surrounded by flood waters for the second time.

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Fiona Greaney (33) wrote a letter to the minister describing how she was unable to feed or bathe her 11-month-old baby Tommy.

The primary school teacher told how the house she bought on Station Road in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, in 2004, one year after graduation, had been seriously damaged by flood waters for the second time in six years. This time she had to remove three tankerloads of sewer water, which was spilling into the garden and coming up pipes.

"Ironically my house, which is one of four, was built in the 1960s by the Office of Public Works for members of An Garda Síochána.

"It was seriously damaged by floods in 2009; I had to evacuate for over four months and totally renovate before I could move back.

"And I now find myself in an almost identical situation in 2015 - my garden completely submerged, water at my back door, unable to use the water to feed or bathe my small son, unable to shower, use my washing machine or flush my toilet. My garden shed and contents have been completely destroyed and my dog had to be carried away and placed in commercial kennels for over a week.

"Undoubtedly a wonderful first Christmas for my small son," she wrote.

Ms Greaney told the minister how, as a result of the 2009 flooding, she now has house insurance with no flood cover.

"I ask you what help is available to me? I have worked hard to get a good education and I have never needed to engage with any State agency, hence my frustration to find myself in this situation again six years on. Has anything been learned from 2009?"

Irish Independent

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