Pictures of horror flooding presented
RESIDENTS’ ANGER COUNCIL SEE IMAGES OF DAMAGE
MARIE BARBRIDGE, of the Redford Park residents’ association, gave an impassioned presentation to members of Greystones Town Council last week, about the catastrophic flash flooding which took place in the area on August 16, describing a ‘ raging torrent’ sweeping through the estate.
She showed councillors a series of pictures illustrating the devastation caused to a number of homes, some of which she said will not be insured for similar damage in the future. She said that one particular house has now been flooded four times.
She referred to a household shocked when a geyser spouted up in their garden, this in turn sending the water and its contents down the hill to another set of houses.
‘ The main road alongside the big green was completely under water,’ said Marie. ‘ There are no apparent run-off shores in this area except or a very small one. It gets badly flooded even after normal heavy rain. We feel this needs a storm drain.’
She said that at the bottom of Redford Court part of the river burst its banks and caused severe flooding in houses 124 to 126, two of which had to be evacuated and completely renovated.
‘ The water flowed down the road carry- ing the contents of gardens and moving cars, the water was so strong. It lodged at the corner of St. Crispin’s and Rose to a height of four or five feet, making it impassable.’
She said, however, that neighbours rallied around and tried to get the water to go into the river flowing behind the small bungalows numbered from 191 to 202. ‘The areas pointed out here are very vulnerable and we are very worried about a repeat of these events if something is not done to sort out the problems urgently.’
The Town Engineer Eoin Heslin thanked her for her presentation, and assured her that an investigation is currently underway to examine the best ways to prevent a recurrence.
Some of the damage done at Redford Park during the August floods.