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Catherine Casey, Kate Mallor and Emma O’Mahony of Adapt Refuge Centre, Tralee, on the clean up after the
building was flooded on Sunday evening. Photo Joe Hanley

Catherine Casey, Kate Mallor and Emma O’Mahony of Adapt Refuge Centre, Tralee, on the clean up after the building was flooded on Sunday evening. Photo Joe Hanley

Flooding at the centre early on Friday morning

Flooding at the centre early on Friday morning

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Catherine Casey, Kate Mallor and Emma O’Mahony of Adapt Refuge Centre, Tralee, on the clean up after the building was flooded on Sunday evening. Photo Joe Hanley

A cracked water pipe that caused significant destruction to the Adapt Kerry Women's Refuge in Killeen, Tralee, has left residents, management and staff 'devastated' after thousands of Euro worth of damage resulted in women and children having to seek alternative accommodation in the middle of the night.

The incident occurred shortly after 12:30am on Friday when a 12-inch concrete pipe used to funnel water from Killarney to Tralee reservoir suddenly burst. The pipe was buried seven feet underground and ran along the back garden of the refuge. By 2am, water had seeped under doors and fire exits, damaging electrical appliances and children's toys.

The watermark reached two to three feet on the outside walls as Kerry Fire Service had to cut the electric current to sockets for safety. Tralee gardaí then helped arrange for transport to ferry residents to temporary apartments and houses around town, which had to be sourced in quick time.