Lit­tle Bray again in dan­ger of flood­ing

Bray People - - Bray People -

THE HOMES of the peo­ple in Lit­tle Bray es­caped flood­ing by a mat­ter of min­utes last Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The res­i­dents of the area were put on high flood alert last Fri­day af­ter the heav­ens opened and tor­ren­tial rain fell for most of the morn­ing.

The Town En­gi­neer Sean O’Neill con­firmed early in the day that there would be a risk of the Dar­gle River flood­ing at the high tide at 4 p.m.

Peo­ple were told to be on stand-by for the day in case of an evac­u­a­tion sit­u­a­tion.

Fas­saroe Com­mu­nity Cen­tre re­mained on stand-by as the only evac­u­a­tion cen­tre open in case of an emer­gency for the peo­ple of Lit­tle Bray.

Res­i­dents of the Lit­tle Bray area were no­ti­fied by tele­phone and loud hail­ers; a spe­cial flood alert was an­nounced on East Coast FM, and the Civil De­fence and lo­cal coun­cil­lors knocked on doors around the area.

Vol­un­teers of the flood alert scheme were also no­ti­fied by the Town Coun­cil and re­mained in the lo­cal­ity of­fer­ing as­sis­tance to any res­i­dents.

Luck­ily the rain be­gan to ease com­ing up to high tide at 4 p.m. as the flood wa­ter was com­ing down stream and the tide was ris­ing from the har­bour.

With the rain eas­ing this pre­vented a dev­as­tat­ing flood sit­u­a­tion.

There was no evac­u­a­tion made but the area re­mained on high alert for the rest of the day.

‘We are sat­is­fied that the pro­ce­dures put in place on Fri­day af­ter­noon in the lit­tle Bray area of the town were suf­fi­cient enough to deal with an evac­u­a­tion sit­u­a­tion,’ said the Town Clerk Chris­tine Flood.

The civil de­fence re­mained dis­tribut­ing sand­bags to houses and shops in the Lit­tle Bray and Dar­gle ar­eas.

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