Residents told to get out when floods come
EMERGENCY TALKS SANDBAGS ‘A WASTE OF TIME AND RESOURCES’
’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.