Bridge Tav­ern re­opens af­ter flood­ing dam­age

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THE BRIDGE TAV­ERN was able to re­open for busi­ness on Satur­day de­spite ex­ten­sive flood­ing of the premises the night be­fore.

The re­cently ren­o­vated bar and restau­rant was over­come with water on Fri­day night and had to close as Bach­e­lors Walk was sub­merged by over two foot of water in places.

The area had to be closed off by the Gar­daí, while coun­cil staff, the Civil De­fence, Fire Ser­vices and mem­bers of the pub­lic all helped to min­imise the dam­age and ad­dress the flood­ing prob­lem.

Cllr. Gar­rett O’Reilly, along with Cllr. Irene Win­ters, was one of the vol­un­teers try­ing to hold back the flood wa­ters and clean-up any dam­age al­ready caused. He was full of praise for the ef­forts shown by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

‘ There was a great sense of com­mu­nity spirit. Peo­ple were bril­liant and showed up af­ter hear­ing of the flood­ing. There were plenty of vol­un­teers help­ing to clean up busi­nesses which had been flooded, which was very heart­en­ing to see. Peo­ple spent the whole night clean­ing up the Bridge so it could open again on Satur­day.’

Staff and vol­un­teers worked un­til 5.30 a.m. on Satur­day morn­ing to en­sure the Bridge Tav­ern was open for busi­ness again at 2 p.m.. Bridge Street Books was flooded as well but was also able to open back up again on Satur­day.

As well as thank­ing all the vol­un­teers in­volved in the clean-up op­er­a­tion, Cllr. O’Reilly also of­fered thanks to Wicklow Fire Ser­vices, the Civil De­fence, Hop­kins Hard­ware and coun­cil mem­bers of staff, par­tic­u­larly John DeCourcey, Brian O’Toole and Ai­dan Doyle.

Cllr. O’Reilly, a former mem­ber of the Fire Ser­vices, main­tains that peo­ple shouldn’t worry about con­tact­ing the Fire Ser­vices dur­ing pe­ri­ods of flood­ing if they have a gen­uine con­cerns.

On Fri­day night some res­i­dents af­fected by flood wa­ters were re­luc­tant to call out the Fire Ser­vices in case they were landed with the bill.

Cllr. O’Reilly says, ‘We have a very pro­gres­sive and pro­fes­sional Fire Ser­vice. If there is a threat to prop­erty or to life then there shouldn’t be any hes­i­ta­tion in con­tact­ing the Fire Ser­vices. If it is an emer­gency then the Fire Ser­vices should be called straight away.’

Flood­ing at the Bridge Tav­ern in Wicklow Town.

Ger Byrne from the Bridge Tav­ern try­ing des­per­ately to fight the flood­ing of his premises.

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