'If it floods again, we're finished'
EIGHT months ago, Humphrey Porter stood waist deep in water in his cafe, surveying the wreckage from the worst floods to hit the country in a generation.
Yesterday, because of problems with his insurance company, the premises still hadn't re-opened.
Mr Porter is hoping to have Cafe Depeche on Cork's Lancaster Quay back in business by mid-August. However, he says the delay in receiving his insurance pay out has forced him to let four people go, and has cost him the best part of a year's business.
"We literally only got a settlement last Friday. I think that it would have been sorted out sooner had it not been for the freezing weather in January," Mr Porter said yesterday, whilst checking on the cafe. It is still in a half-finished state and littered with workmen's tools.
"I think the big thing for us is that if it does happen again we're going to have to close because we're not going to be able to get insurance cover for flooding."
Last November, Mr Porter was highly critical of Cork City Council's response to the flooding that devastated whole areas of the city. Yesterday he said his opinion hadn't changed.
"I do think the flooding will happen again, and when it does the city hall should be held responsible for it."