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Thursday 28 August 2014

Superstorm: 'Our business and home were hit twice in a week'

Caroline Crawford

Published 07/01/2014 | 02:30

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A FAMILY whose home and business have been flooded twice in the last few days have said the damage could run to over €100,000.

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Graham and Saoirse Roberts and their four children have been left without heating and water after storms lashed their country home in Ballyconneely, Co Galway, on Friday. The additional storms yesterday caused fresh flooding.

"In the initial floods we had water up to the windowsills. Our car was totally destroyed and my van was floating around outside the house," said Graham.

The couple, who run the Connemara Smokehouse, also saw extensive damage done to their business.

"When I got down to the smokehouse I saw part of the roof had been ripped off by the power of the sea," he added.

The storms also tore away the diesel tank from the home, leaving them without heat. After spending the weekend trying to dry out their home, the family were hit once again yesterday morning when fresh flood waters breached the house.

"This time we had sand bags in place but it still made it in. It's just a mess," said Graham.

"The smokehouse damage I can accept -- but the damage to the house itself, I can't accept. We have been calling for 16 years for the flood wall in front of the house to be fixed.

"We got lots of promises but nothing ever happened. It would have taken €5,000 or €6,000 but now it's completely gone," he added.

The couple hope to get their business back up and running within days.

Irish Independent

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