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Monday 22 January 2018

Floods horror: Tributes to nurse who drowned in her basement

Cecilia De Jesus died when her basement apartment flooded
Cecilia De Jesus died when her basement apartment flooded
Ishtar Ahmed, who cut his hand and arm breaking a window trying to save Cecelia
The house on Parnell Road, Harolds Cross, Dublin, where Cecilia De Jesus, left, died when her basement apartment flooded
Garda Ciaran Jones was killed trying to help motorists during Monday's floods
The scene of Monday’s tragedy at Ballysmuttan Bridge where garda Ciaran Jones was swept away by flood water
Ciaran Jones in his garda uniform
An aerial view of the back pitch at Leinster's rugby ground in Donnybrook
The back pitch at Leinster's rugby ground in Donnybrook
Canoeist Gerry Brennan in a car park in Monaghan town
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

TRIBUTES have been paid to a hospice nurse who died when her basement flat flooded.

Filipino woman Celia Ferrer De Jesus was found dead yesterday morning after emergency services pumped water out of her home in Crumlin, south Dublin.

The 58-year-old mother-of-one had been a staff member here at Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services in Harold's Cross for 10 years.

Mo Flynn, the hospice chief executive, said it was with great sadness colleagues heard the news of her tragic death.

"Celia has been a valued member of our support staff here since 2001," she said.

"During her 10 years with us Celia was a highly valued member of staff who provided excellent service wherever she was required.

"All of our staff are deeply moved by this very sad tragedy."

Ms Flynn extended her deepest sympathies to Celia's husband Angelito, 19-year-old son Michael Kevin, her family in the Philippines and many friends and colleagues in Dublin.

The nurse was the second victim of the flash floods that wreaked havoc across the east of Ireland.

The body of Garda Ciaran Jones, 25, was pulled from the River Liffey in Co Wicklow yesterday morning, close to where he was swept into the water while trying to help motorists in danger during last night's deluge.

The off-duty officer, who was stationed at Stepaside, south Dublin, had been helping people on the upper stretches of the river at Ballysmuttan Bridge with his brother and a friend when he was pulled into the fast-flowing waters at 7pm on Monday.

Ms Flynn said Celia was appointed during a national recruitment drive that attracted many staff from the Philippines.

She worked in the Rheumatology Rehabilitation Unit as a member of the household team.

"The initial contract was for a fixed period. However, similar to many of her colleagues who became part of the Hospice, Celia remained with us," she added.

"All staff found Celia a pleasure to work with."

Elsewhere, hundreds of residents are counting the cost of a mammoth clean-up operation after their homes were flooded.

AA Roadwatch said most roads have reopened, but warned the Old Portmarnock Road in north Dublin and the Lacken Gap and the local road at Manor Kilbride in Wicklow remain impassable. The Sally Gap and the Wicklow Gap are passable with caution.

The Dundrum Town Centre shopping centre has also reopened after shutting its doors for a day to clean up the mess left by the nearby River Slang after it burst its banks and cascaded through the centre.

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