Kerry family talk of terror of being cut off as second bog slide in the locality in 16-years strikes after heavy rain.
Theresa Scanlon described the moment a bog slide trapped her in the family home in the Stacks Mountain on Monday evening as ‘unbelievably frightening’.
It’s the second time a bog slide has impacted the Scanlon home at Maugha near Lyreacompane since 2008.
The family is now demanding Kerry County Council act to prevent it happening again.
As heavy rain fell early on Monday evening, Theresa felt nervous and said she ‘had a feeling’ there could be another bog slide.
Such was the intensity of the slide, it disconnected the family’s water supply and cut them off from the main road.
“I just had that feeling. Once it started it was just coming down in gushes and I was afraid it was going to cover the house. It was unbelievably frightening,” said Theresa.
“Me, my partner, and my sister were sitting down watching TV. I just looked out the window. I remember saying ‘we are going to have a bog slide’. I asked my partner to move the car off the road. It was unreal.”
Theresa’s parents also live in the house next door to Theresa’s home. She explained how the family felt fear during the ordeal.
The family was told following the bog slide of 2008 that there was a danger further subsidence from the bog could engulf the family home.
“We were fearful of what might happen. Thankfully, it was a familiar slide as it stopped at the exact same place as 2008. It also crossed the yard and blocked off the road. I’d love to know what’s causing it. They said it was the wind farms the last time because the ground was too soft.
“But now we don’t know if this slide was because of the dry weather and the ground just dried up and everything erupted with the wet weather,” she said.
Theresa is calling for more help and support. As of Tuesday evening, no digger was at the scene to help clear the silt over fears a connecting bridge might not be safe.
Family and neighbours have been trying to clear the roadway around the property with shovels.
“Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald has been very good to us with updates and texts. No TDs have bothered to contact us. My dad isn’t in the best of health,” Theresa said.
"His appointment with the doctor had to be put back. If he needed an ambulance now, they couldn’t get to him. We also have animals to look after, so we need this road cleared.
“There are people coming out watching the damage and going away again. Others have been great, coming out with pet food and helping. The council brought water to us, but they’ll have to do more as this is a frightening thing to happen,” said Theresa.