Monday 20 August 2018

Mum trapped by '8ft of snow' in Dublin gets help after efforts by council and family

Rachael says up to 8 foot of snow has accumulated
Rachael says up to 8 foot of snow has accumulated
Rachael Collins has called Storm Emma 'a nightmare'

Kathy Armstrong and Sean Nolan

A desperate mum who said she had been forced to boil snow to make up bottles for her baby son after her water was cut off during Storm Emma has been reached by council staff.

Rachael Collins (21) had been snowed into her home in Bohernabreena in County Dublin alongside her parents, two brothers, boyfriend and seven-month-old son since Wednesday as up to eight foot of snow accumulated in their driveway.

She told Independent.ie today that they are farmers and after their tractor broke down they had not been able to get to some of their cattle to feed them since Thursday.

However, this afternoon council staff, assisted by members of Rachel's family, managed to reach Rachel so she was able to get to the shops to get nappies and baby food for her son.

She said: "Once he is looked after I am happy."

However, the family's water remains cut off.

Speaking earlier, Rachael said: "On Wednesday evening our water got cut off, we weren't notified but we had one pot filled just in case.

"I've had to bring the snow in for water, thank God we still have electricity to boil it.

"We haven't heard why it was cut off but all of our neighbours are in the same boat, their water is gone too.

"My son is only seven months old and we need water because he's still very reliant on bottles every four hours.

Rachael's family are walking to bring supplies to their cattle but fears their other animals may be dead
Rachael's family are walking to bring supplies to their cattle but fears their other animals may be dead

The family's vehicles are still snowbound but the gate is now cleared and the family hope they and their neighbours can dig their way out in the coming days.

"What we need is a big thaw, but I think we will have to wait a few days," Rachael said.

Update: 5.13pm: Since publication the National Emergency Co-ordination Group have been in touch with Rachael to offer assistance

The family's tractor has broken down
The family's tractor has broken down
Rachael's brother Michael Jnr helps out on the family farm
Rachael's brother Michael Jnr helps out on the family farm
Rachael's home
Rachael's home

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