Saturday 24 March 2018

Going down the drain

THE flooding season is almost upon us once again, and there is every reason to believe that a lack of infrastructure and administrative failure will contribute to the same misery and devastation that struck this time last year.

Dublin has seen significant improvements in coastal defences and river-bank protection in the past couple of years, but elsewhere, nothing much has improved.

Last November, hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes and businesses in Ballinasloe; patients had to be moved to higher floors in the Mercy Hospital in Cork; hotel guests were evacuated in Killarney; 20,000 people lost phone connections; and a family, including an 87-year old woman, were winched to safety by a helicopter in Galway.

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