Residents in Limerick estate voice flooding concerns

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Residents fear being overlooked: Gerard Hogan, Aileen O'Connor, Ger O'Connor and Anne and Alfred Mercieca in Corbally
RESIDENTS in Corbally fear they are being overlooked by the council in terms of flood defences, and remain fearful of any potential threats to the area with another high tide due.

RESIDENTS in Corbally fear they are being overlooked by the council in terms of flood defences, and remain fearful of any potential threats to the area with another high tide due.

A group of residents, known as Concerned Corbally Residents, said they were “very badly affected” during the floods last year and remain on high alert. Tide table figures for Friday, February 20, indicate that the flow should reach 7.5m in Limerick.

“None of us will ever forget the terror of seeing the wall of water coming into our property and homes. The trauma and fear will stay with us for the rest of our lives. This dreadful memory is re-surfacing again, on the anniversary of the event. Residents have only recently moved back to their houses,” they told the Limerick Leader.

However, they said despite their dreadful predicament, not one city councillor or TD came to visit them during this time. Aileen O’Connor, one of the concerned residents, said when this was mentioned to some elected public representatives they claimed they did not even know they were flooded, as the flooding in Kings Island claimed the lion share of the media coverage. She said they were not condemning the council “because this was an act of God, but we were totally neglected the last time.”

While a number of sandbags have been piled high in the area, she said “we want more sandbags here to block the water coming up our gardens. We want them to accommodate us, and to take precautions to protect us the next time. We don’t want to be told there are sandbags somewhere, ‘go and get them’.”

Relevant Government departments were written to looking for information and assurances regarding preparedness in the event of a recurrence of more floods, but to no avail, she said.

“Years of effort in creating a home were destroyed in one full sweep. Never, ever, can we live in our homes without the worry of a repeat of floods of this kind. Worse still, not knowing the status of protective barriers being erected is now adding to the fear,” she said.

Limerick City and County Council say that they are monitoring the flow and tidal range of the Shannon and will deploy more defences if needed as well as being on full alert to respond to any incidents. The local authority has already installed hundreds of sandbags around previously breached river banks. Flooding advice is available on www.flooding.ie