Sunday 18 March 2018

Specialist teams comes in to stave off rat infestation in estates hit by floods

Liam Hegarty’s Burnfoot home was damaged in the floods. Photo: North West Newspix
Liam Hegarty’s Burnfoot home was damaged in the floods. Photo: North West Newspix

Stephen Maguire

Donegal County Council has moved to stave off the threat of disease and rodent infestation in the wake of last week's flooding across the Inishowen Peninsula.

Specialist teams of workers are visiting a number of housing estates in a number of towns including Burnfoot, Buncrana and Carndonagh left devastated by the flooding.

Dozens of families have been forced to flee their homes because they were uninhabitable, and have been sorted with emergency accommodation.

For many, it may be months before they are able to return to their homes.

Donegal County Council's environmental teams have been on the ground assessing the damage to homes in an effort to secure them.

As well as setting rodent traps, homes have been sanitised.

The HSE has also issued leaflets advising people how to cope physically and mentally in the aftermath of the floods.

Skips and dehumidifiers have also been provided to households and small businesses.

To date, 65 households and businesses have availed of skips and more than 50 dehumidifiers have been provided.

Householder Liam Hegarty, from the Líos Na Greíne estate in Burnfoot, yesterday locked the door behind him on his home. He, his wife Samantha and their three young children have been able to move into his mother's home.

He is waiting to hear from his insurance company about getting compensation to renovate his home after being forced to leave it as a shell.

He paid tribute to the council and to the Army for helping him get it back to some normality.

"I have been unlucky, but I know I'm lucky, too, in that I'm not on the streets."

However, Liam said he was dreading the prospect of another torrential downpour.

He said: "I could have a really nice house again in six months' time, with a new kitchen and fresh paint, but who is to say it will not be destroyed again?"

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