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Wednesday 21 March 2018

'We don't even know if we'll be here for Christmas' - Desperate mum unable to feed or bathe baby as water levels rise

Fiona Greaney and her 11 month old son Tommy at their home at Station Road in Ballinasloe . Pic Steve Humphreys
Fiona Greaney and her 11 month old son Tommy at their home at Station Road in Ballinasloe . Pic Steve Humphreys
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

The Galway mother of a young baby has described how she cannot feed or clean her son as the water levels rise outside.

On Station Road the waters had submerged the gardens and were being kept from the homes by rows of sandbags.

Hundreds of families in the area were flooded out of their homes in 2009.

Fiona Greaney was anxiously watching the water levels in her submerged garden.

She is unable to bathe her 11-month-old son Tommy or use the water to make his bottle.

"You just couldn't use this water on a baby. It's not healthy. We're getting water from the Red Cross and buying it.

"We should be getting ready for Tommie's first Christmas but I can't put up any decorations. We don't even know if we will be here. We were badly flooded in 2009 and we're just praying it won't be the same. We were out of our home for almost four months then," she said.

Nonie Burke who was put out of her home for a year in 2009 has sandbagged her home as the waters reached the back door.

"Our garden is completely covered and we can't use the water.

"We're just terrified it will be the same as 2009, everything was so badly damaged. I'm hoping the waters will keep going down but we don't know what to expect," she said. 

Families and businesses in Ballinasloe were counting the cost of the floods and were bracing themselves for worse to come this morning.

In the town centre Peter Madden was desperately trying to gain entry to his fuel business which was cut off by flood waters.

With tenders on hand to pump water from the area around the clock, the businessman was still unable to get access to the vast majority of his stock.

He estimated that his business is losing at least €1,000 a day since the floods arrived on Sunday morning.

"This is our busiest time of year, it's our harvest and we can barely get any stock out. The pump has been flat out since Saturday but it is just being overwhelmed," he said.

With more flood waters expected by tomorrow Mr Madden said his business is down 99pc this week when it should be at its busiest.

"If it gets worse we don't know when we'll get back in. I've lost all my office files and the computer is damaged. We can only get a small amount of stock out by tractor. If someone wants 60 bales we can only get them 10," he added.

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