Limerick couple devastated as pet drowns in floods

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Vera O'Donnell with Princess who drowned in the floods and below, with husband Anthony
AN elderly Limerick couple have been left devastated after their treasured pet Chihuahua drowned when their home was engulfed in several feet of flood waters at the weekend.

AN elderly Limerick couple have been left devastated after their treasured pet Chihuahua drowned when their home was engulfed in several feet of flood waters at the weekend.

This Sunday, Vera O’Donnell described how she and her husband, Anthony, were attempting to stop the flood waters from entering the main part of their home at Richmond Park, Corbally when they noticed three-year-old Princess floating near the television in the sitting room.

“I did everything for her. I tried to breath down her throat but she must have been dead for a while,” said an emotional Ms O’Donnell as she cradled the remains of Princess.

“We had her three years, she was born here – we had the mother and father too,” explained Anthony.

Meanwhile, the O’Donnells are calling for an investigation to establish what caused Saturday night’s flash flooding.

“I went up to collect my granddaughter near 8 o’clock and the roads were perfect. I wasn’t even (gone) fifteen minutes and when I came back down I couldn’t believe the amount of the water. It just started pouring in. The back started flooding, the front started flooding – my back hall, the whole sitting room,” said Vera who said Saturday’s events were terrifying.

Anthony says the damage could have been a lot worse but for the actions of the emergency services who were assisted by members of the Defence Forces.

“They got the sandbags in time, the water was at the front door when they got the sandbags, it was nearly in the front door,” he said.