Communities in vulnerable areas of Wexford and Waterford coastline remain on high alert
Residents behind sandbags at Poleberry, Waterford city. Photograph: Patrick Browne
Residents and businesspeople along the southeast coast are hoping they are over the worst of the flooding which hit many areas badly on Monday.
The work of the people of Poleberry in Waterford city and those who came to their assistance has been hailed as saving the area from a second successive day of flooding.
After the nearby John’s river flooded up to 150 houses on Bath Street and Manor Street on Monday morning, council staff handed out large sandbags on Tuesday. These were used to form a barrier across the street to prevent the water going near local homes again.
Mayor of Waterford John Cummins, in the area on Tuesday helping to distribute sandbags, said the idea to create a five-foot “wall” across the road came from him at an emergency meeting.
Pumps were also used to remove water from local gardens. The mayor paid tribute to the fast action of council staff in implementing the idea, along with personnel from Niall Barry & Co Ltd Civil Engineers who are working on the wider flood relief programme for the city.
In New Ross, badly flooded on Monday, the south end of the quay, close to the Dunbrody replica famine ship, was hit by flooding again on Tuesday night, but locals were hoping they were over the worst of the storm damage by yesterday.
Wexford town was also on high alert over the last couple of days as the seawater rose up the sea wall; there was a warning at one point from the RNLI that it was within 50cm of the top of the wall.
However, it didn’t breach the defences in that area.
Residents washed out of their homes in the floods that struck Limerick last Saturday morning have criticised the Government for not doing enough to help them through their ordeal.
St Mary’s Park residents – who had to jump from their beds into boats when the flood waters swamped their homes – spent their third day battling wind and rain to gut their properties and dump the contents on to the street.
“He [Mr Noonan] didn’t open his mouth. He just looked around. He didn’t say nothing. It will take years before you will get anything really done here . . . to get the smell and everything out of here.”
He praised the local community for “rallying together” and Star Rovers soccer club where free dinners were been handed out to residents.
“No one came down with information, we only got leaflets about [water] contamination yesterday. My message to the council: give me another house or something. My message to the Government is help. That’s all, help. We have nothing.”