Paul Melia: We were lucky this time but the country faces further storms
THE key message from this report is that we were lucky. We might not be so lucky the next time.
It is only down to the tireless efforts of emergency services on the ground that extensive loss of life and serious injuries were avoided during the November floods and big freeze of December and January.
Unprecedented rainfall in late October and early November 2009 resulted in severe and prolonged flooding, with 80pc of the country's weather stations noting record levels of rain. The amount that fell was expected once every 500 years.