Tuesday 20 February 2018

Locals work round the clock to pick up pieces

Waterville’s promenade after stones washed ashore.
Waterville’s promenade after stones washed ashore.
The scene at the flooded road on Bachelors Walk in Ballina.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

It was a case of many hands lightening the work when one community got together to clean up their village that was left devastated by storms.

About 60 volunteers in Waterville, Co Kerry, have put in eight hours per day since the weekend putting right the damage caused by the storms.

With the village and its waterfront restored to normal, all that's left for the council to do is provide the structural engineering works necessary to rebuild the promenade.

The clean-up was organised by the local Tidy Towns committee. Its chairman Brendy Donnelly said it was surprised when scores of men and women reported for duty.

"They came with tractors, trailers, mini-diggers from a 10km radius of Waterville. We thought we'd be looking at the rubble and the stones for the rest of the year," he said.

Rubble and stones had been washed up on to the promenade and Mick O'Dwyer Park directly in front of it.

* Much of the country was expected to wake up to a frosty morning today -- but that will soon give way to rain.

Showers will arrive into Munster and Connacht before spreading across the country.

Met Eireann's Joanna Donnelly said: "It'll start to get milder and it'll be raining. Once the rain starts the temperatures will pick up again to around nine to 11 degrees."

However, forecasters warned that in some parts temperatures will drop to 1C again tonight leading to icy roads in untreated areas.

Irish Independent

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