Storm Frank: 'It's two major floods in three weeks'
Published 31/12/2015 | 02:30
Bandon GP Dr Pat Murphy had to resort to climbing through his own front window after his west Cork surgery was blitzed by the worst flooding he has witnessed since 2009.
Wearing surgical gloves designed for a purpose other than flood clean-ups, the weary doctor admitted even his boots were filled with murky water given that Bandon flood levels had gone so high in a matter of minutes.
On parts of Oliver Plunkett Street, flood waters reached a depth of more than five feet.
Dr Murphy, supported by his wife, Louise, and children, Kate (15), Richard (12) and Stephen (9), maintained a weary campaign to protect Bandon Medical Clinic.
"I am here for almost 32 years and it is the fourth major flood I have had to deal with," Dr Murphy said.
"There were major floods in 1988, 2009 and we've had two now in the past three weeks," he said. "Two floods of this magnitude in the space of three weeks is very difficult for people to take - you'd be very worried for some of the traders here in Bandon," he said.
Louise admitted that the scale of the flooding in the wake of Storm Frank took everyone aback. "It is definitely worse than three weeks ago," she said.
The flood waters in Donal Crowley's pub, Brady's, reached over five feet in depth, causing major damage.
Water levels in the River Bandon were initially 20cm lower than when the floods hit on December 5. However, the scale of the torrential downpours over the past 24 hours saw rivers flood within a matter of hours.