Monday 26 September 2016

'Our house is under three feet of slurry water' - Family forced to evacuate home

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 05/01/2016 | 13:06

Flooding in Wellingtonbridge.
Flooding in Wellingtonbridge.

A woman from Cork city has told how she and her family were forced to take refuge in a local hotel after being evacuated from their home last Friday evening.

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"Our house was flooded on New Year's night so we had to leave and go to the nearby Montenotte Hotel.

"On Saturday morning we went back to the house and saw that it was under six feet of water.

"We live in a dip so all the water from nearby houses and fields gather at our house," Veronica Dilworth told Cork's 96FM Opinion Line radio show.

"At the moment our house is under three feet of slurry water.

"We eventually got a lorry last night to pump some of the water out.

Enniscorthy: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Enniscorthy: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.

"But as we pumped it was coming right back in again through the sandbags so today we're hoping for some help to get rid of it.

Veronica became emotional as she described the damage that the flood waters had caused.

Athlone: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Athlone: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.

"Until you see it you don't understand. The floorboards have lifted, the carpets have lifted.

"All of our clothes are destroyed. I'm still in my clothes from Friday evening and the kids have no clothes.

Limerick: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Limerick: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.

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"The bedrooms, the kitchen, every room is destroyed.

Carrick-on-Shannon: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.
Carrick-on-Shannon: Satellite shots show flooding around rivers. Dark blue shows the river banks, while lighter blue areas show flooded areas.

"There are sentimental things that I'll never get back," she said.

However she was full of praise for those who had helped in her hour of need.

This motorist got stranded in flood water near Ennereilly, Co Wicklow. Forecasters are warning a new cold snap will bring more misery for affected homeowners. Photo: Garry O’Neill
This motorist got stranded in flood water near Ennereilly, Co Wicklow. Forecasters are warning a new cold snap will bring more misery for affected homeowners. Photo: Garry O’Neill

"Family, friends and neighbours have all been amazing, it's humbling," she continued.

"The Montenotte Hotel has been really good and the Rochestown Park Hotel has now offered us a lodge.

Minister Howlin takes to a boat to see the flood damage up close.
Minister Howlin takes to a boat to see the flood damage up close.

Veronica said that the family home had never been flooded before, and expressed her fear that it may re-occur in the future.

"We've never been flooded before, I thought when we were evacuated on Friday evening that it was a precautionary measure.

"The house is starting to smell, the bathroom is closed as its been suggested that rats could start to come into the house through the toilets.

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