Sunday 25 February 2018

Our citizens need insurance to protect them against floods

Volunteers in Bandon attempt to clear up after the town was flooded
Volunteers in Bandon attempt to clear up after the town was flooded

Jason O'Sullivan

The Government has announced a €5m emergency fund for small businesses owners who have had to deal with the devastation caused over the weekend by Storm Desmond, together with a newly proposed flood warning system at a cost of €2.5m. Such measures are, of course, necessities and will provide some relief to those who have been unable to acquire insurance cover and have experienced severe property damage across the country. However, these measures are yet again reactionary in nature and present only limited solutions to a continual and escalating climate-change problem. Worryingly, they still fail to address the primary issue - the difficulty of obtaining insurance cover against future flooding for both businesses and homeowners.

'Six One News' reported live from Bandon in County Cork on Monday evening to show the full extent of the recent flooding in the town. The residents were in shock and understandably reeling from the weekend's storm. Many were disillusioned as they simply did not expect that such an event would revisit their town so soon again, following similar scenes in 2009.

The RTÉ news reporter finished his piece by saying that Bandon residents were sceptical of Government emergency measures following Storm Desmond due to their past experiences. He noted that many of the locals felt such packages were "overly complex, too difficult to access and slow to deliver".

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