Thursday 29 September 2016

Widow (90) trapped in home for 48 hours by flood waters

Martin Ryan

Published 08/12/2015 | 02:30

Gerard Mulqueen (right) makes his way through floods at Dooras, Co Clare, to get groceries to his mother Brett, assisted by neighbour James Peppard
Gerard Mulqueen (right) makes his way through floods at Dooras, Co Clare, to get groceries to his mother Brett, assisted by neighbour James Peppard
Brett Mulqueen (90) trapped in her home by floods

Elderly widow Brett Mulqueen, who has been trapped in her home by flood waters for more than 48 hours, was last night maintaining communication with the outside world by phone.

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She is among a small community of four families at Doorass, O'Callaghan Mills in east Clare, who homes have been cut off after the only access road collapsed after becoming submerged in flooding on Saturday night.

Contact was being maintained with the families yesterday by phone, while neighbours tried to get food and other essentials to the families by boat and a quad bike on a five-kilometre detour through a treacherous bog.

Local man James Peppard was helping to get food supplies to the families yesterday after he was escorted from his home by quad bike through the bog by neighbour, Gerard Mulqueen, Mrs Mulqueen's son.

Local Councillor Joe Cooney told the Irish Independent that emergency services in the area are on standby because of the "very serious situation" which has developed for the families.

"There is serious concern for the safety of these families - some with young children - and Mrs Mulqueen an elderly woman living alone. I dread the possible consequences if there was an emergency for any of the people trapped," he said.

He said that remedial work had been carried out by Clare County Council after flooding in early 2014, but the situation yesterday is the worst it has ever been and an effective solution has to be considered.

Martina Moloney, mother of 10-year-old twins Jack and Caoimhe said: "I was terrified for my husband, Rory, who had to walk through the bog in the dark at 7am to get to work - it is very dangerous but he had no other way of getting out."

Her children were unable to go to school yesterday while neighbours are standing by to assist Martina in getting to work tomorrow morning.

Another stranded resident, airline employee Nancy Franzin, was also being helped to get to work.

Irish Independent

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