Res­i­dents told to get out when floods come

EMER­GENCY TALKS SAND­BAGS ‘A WASTE OF TIME AND RE­SOURCES’

Bray People - - Council Report -

’SAND­BAGS ARE no use in Lit­tle Bray,’ said the Town En­gi­neer, Sean O’Neill. ‘They are a dis­trac­tion and a waste of time and re­sources.’ He said that if it is an evac­u­a­tion sit­u­a­tion res­i­dents should just get out.

‘It is danger­ous to re­main there, or to go and look at flood­ing. Peo­ple shouldn’t be con­ven­ing to rub­ber­neck.’

He added that on Fri­day Au­gust 5, of­fi­cials had an hour of worry and an hour of grow­ing re­lief be­fore the flood warn­ing was called off.

‘It’s not sand­bags that peo­ple need but trans­port out,’ he added, re­mark­ing that schools should be told to stay open and keep chil­dren there.

Flood­ing in Bray was dis­cussed at length amongst Coun­cil­lors last Tues­day evening, with Cllr. John McManus call­ing for a dis­tinc­tion to be drawn be­tween the se­ri­ous risk of flash flood­ing town-wide and the more lifethreat­en­ing risk be­fore res­i­dents of Lit­tle Bray and Sea­point Court.

‘I was con­tacted by a wheel­chair user af­ter last Fri­day,’ re­marked Cllr. Anne Fer­ris. ‘He rang the Coun­cil be­cause of the evac­u­a­tion warn­ing, who told him to ring the Health Board, which told him it was a Coun­cil mat­ter. He was in fear.’

Cllr. John Byrne said that those who did work on the re­cent flood­ing crises, in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal staff, Coun­cil staff and the Civil De­fence, were to be com­pli­mented.

‘Sadly though, a num­ber of peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those on low in­comes, lost fur­ni­ture, car­pets and other be­long­ings. I pro­pose that we seek fund­ing to help those vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies.

Af­ter Hur­ri­cane Char­lie there was money made avail­able both for in­fra­struc­ture and be­long­ings.’

Cllr. John Brady said that the re­ac­tion from the Coun­cil on Satur­day Au­gust 16 ‘left a lot to be de­sired,’ but that the way the risk of flood­ing was han­dled on Fri­day was ‘very pro­fes­sional,’ adding how­ever, that there are some changes that need to be made to it.

Cllr. Brid Collins called for a siren as part of any emer­gency plan, while Cllr. Anne Egan said that Coun­cil­lors should be told about the im­ple­men­ta­tion so that they can help warn peo­ple of the dan- ger. The town en­gi­neer fur­ther re­marked that gul­lies had been cleaned dur­ing the sum­mer. He also said that the pump­ing sta­tion was go­ing full blast by 2 p.m. on the day of the flash flood­ing, Au­gust 16. The Town Clerk, Chris­tine Flood, said that there will be a meet­ing in lit­tle Bray in the com­ing weeks with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on vol­un­teers in­volved in the emer­gency plan.

Res­i­dents in Bray, strug­gling to come to terms with the dam­age done by the flash flood­ing.

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