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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Superstorm: Rising sea waters cut off road access for four families

Caroline Crawford

Published 07/01/2014|02:30

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From left: Jim and Bernie O’Brien, Pat Gavin and Stephen Rowan, all trapped by the flooding. Picture: John Kelly
From left: Jim and Bernie O’Brien, Pat Gavin and Stephen Rowan, all trapped by the flooding. Picture: John Kelly

FOUR families have been left stranded after sea waters cut off all access to their remote homes.

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The families who live in Kilcredaun on the Loop Head peninsula in Co Clare were left with only one access road after the storm initially hit on Thursday. But that roadway was only passable by tractor.

Their one remaining lifeline was cut off yesterday as storms washed away part of the second road, leaving them completely stranded.

The families have been left with no way of travelling to the nearby village of Carrigaholt for food or fuel.

Pat Gavin, a resident of Kilcredaun was able to get to the nearby village on Friday on a tractor but said any travel had been impossible since.

"I've been living here since 1997 and I've never seen anything like this. The main road is flooded and now the back road is also. It looks like it could disappear altogether. We are lucky that we have electricity and I had stocked up on fuel, but supplies are running low. If it wasn't for Christmas I would have nothing to eat, but I had extra supplies in the house," he said.

None of the four occupied households nor two holiday homes were affected by flooding because they are elevated, but locals are becoming concerned about access.

Mr Gavin, who is postmaster in Carrigaholt, said he was contacted by local gardai yesterday to inform him the post office had flooded.

"I know there is damage done but I can't get anywhere near it. I can't get out of my home," he said.

Mr Gavin said locals had been calling for repair works to the flood wall for decades.

"Locals have been waiting 30 years for works to be done on that wall.

"It's been falling into bad repair for decades. It would have been a small enough job if it was done at the time."

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