Saturday 1 October 2016

Storm Frank: Drone footage shows extent of flooding across Enniscorthy

Clare Cullen and Adam Cullen

Published 31/12/2015 | 09:15

A drone video which shows the shocking extent of the flooding across Enniscorthy has racked up over 20,000 views on Facebook since it was posted twelve hours ago.

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The video, which was taken by SkyPix Aerial works drone company, shows the devastating effects of the widespread flooding.

Parts of the town are currently submerged in a deluge of murky contaminated water after the River Slaney burst its bank.

A €40m flood-defence scheme has been earmarked and approved for the town - which is prone to flooding - for some years. However, a number of objections have seen the project stall on a number of occasions.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has said he hopes construction on a new flood defence system in Enniscorthy will begin in 2016.

Speaking to the Irish Independent in Enniscorthy yesterday Mr Howlin said the Seamus Rafter Bridge would have to go as it was "acting more like a dam than a bridge."

Enniscorthy flooding. Sent in by Ben Farrell via email to contact@independent.ie
Enniscorthy flooding. Sent in by Ben Farrell via email to contact@independent.ie
Enniscorthy flooding. Sent in by Ben Farrell via email to contact@independent.ie
Enniscorthy flooding. Sent in by Ben Farrell via email to contact@independent.ie
Enniscorthy flooding. Sent in by Ben Farrell via email to contact@independent.ie
Enniscorthy flooding. Sent in by Ben Farrell via email to contact@independent.ie
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning
Flooding in Enniscorthy
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning
Flooding in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford after the River Slaney burst its banks and flowed over the bridge. Photo: Mary Browne
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning. Slaney Search and Rescue helping out
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning
Enniscorty Templeshannon Quay
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning
Flooding Enniscorthy on Wednesday morning

Mr Howlin toured the badly affected areas in the town by boat this morning where he said locals were definitely taking on the rising waters.

The drone footage has been viewed over 20,000 times in less than 12 hours and over

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