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Sunday 22 April 2018

'As I carried my children from the house, our wooden floor was floating down the street'

Father-of-three Liam Hegarty outside his home with some of his ruined clothing after the flooding. Photo: North West Newspix
Father-of-three Liam Hegarty outside his home with some of his ruined clothing after the flooding. Photo: North West Newspix

Stephen Maguire

A homeowner says he fears that families affected by floods in Donegal will be forgotten within the coming weeks.

Liam Hegarty said he knew his family were in trouble when he saw the high waters in the village of Burnfoot as he returned from taking his wife to a driving lesson in Buncrana.

"Within minutes the place was under a huge amount of water. I carried the two smaller kids out but as I did so, the planks of wood from my wooden floor were floating out on to the street."

Mr Hegarty's oil tank was toppled over in his garden and his car was also destroyed in the floods. He met with Kevin 'Boxer' Moran and Shane Ross. But Mr Hegarty, who lives in the Lios Na Greine estate, said he feared that families like his would be forgotten.

Darren Donaghey sweeping out water from his home in Burnfoot. Photo: North West
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Darren Donaghey sweeping out water from his home in Burnfoot. Photo: North West Newspix

"I am insured and I desperately hope I am covered but there are so many people around here who are not. Who is going to look after all those people? We were headline news and we were on TV when this happened but we're already becoming old news.

"I have been here all day cleaning up and nobody has called to me apart from yourselves."

The housing estate of Lios Na Greine was left devastated in the floods where almost every house was hit.

Just 100 yards away, Darren Donaghey's bungalow in Burnfoot was flooded by more than two feet of water on Tuesday evening while he was watching TV. Mr Donaghey says he has been left to fend for himself. Yesterday he went to the local social welfare office to seek emergency funding and was given €150 as a temporary payment.

"What good is €150 to me? I only have the clothes on my back. Everything I have made in the last few years I have put back into that house."

Irish Independent

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