Little Bray again in danger of flooding
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.