Friday 23 February 2018

Almost 50 residents evacuated from nursing home over flooding fears

Blackrocks Nursing Home in Foxford Photo: Google Maps
Blackrocks Nursing Home in Foxford Photo: Google Maps
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

CLOSE to 50 elderly residents were evacuated from their local nursing home after fears the home would be flooded when the local river bust its banks.

The evacuation from Blackrocks Nursing Home in Foxford Co Mayo began at 8.30pm last night after the River Moy burst its banks.

48 elderly residents some in their late 80s were initially brought to the Foxford Sports and Leisure centre and from there moved by ambulance and bus to four different facilities, including three nursing homes and the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar.

Civil defence and Red Cross teams helped in the evacuation.

Local councillor Neil Cruise said the evacuation was completed by 3.30am this morning after members of the community rallied around to assist.

“The entire community has been amazing, going out of their way to help the residents and other neighbours. They have worked around the clock to keep the floods away,” he said.

Their efforts ensured that the nursing home did not suffer any water damage and Mr Cruise said he hopes the residents can be brought home within days.

“The evacuation was only a temporary measure because we were worried about the waters getting any higher. Thankfully there was no damage done to the home so all the residents will be back home in a matter of days if we can keep these waters at bay,” he added.

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