Tor­ren­tial rain­fall leaves garden sheds ‘pan­caked’

Bray People - - NEWS FOCUS - MYLES BUCHANAN

WICKLOW TOWN suf­fered con­sid­er­able flood dam­age caused by Fri­day’s tor­ren­tial rain­fall.

The river at the Old Froge bust its banks caus­ing the flood­ing of the Abbey Grounds. Rose­hill also ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems with rush­ing flood wa­ters caus­ing a wall to col­lapse into the back gar­dens of five houses.

The re­cently re-opened Bridge Tav­ern had to close on Fri­day night af­ter up to 30cm of water swept into the premises. Bridge Street Books was also flooded.

In many cases mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and lo­cal elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives grouped to­gether to com­bat the ris­ing wa­ters.

Sinn Fein coun­cil­lors John Snell and Gar­rett O’Reilly were both in­volved in try­ing to pro­tect Rose­hill from water rush­ing down from Bal­lyguile Hill. Sand­bags had been placed out­side homes and by 7 p.m. it ap­peared the threat of flood­ing had aliveated.

How­ever, con­tin­u­ous rain­fall even­tu­ally led to a build-up of water flow­ing to­wards Rose­hill, caus­ing a wall pro­tect­ing five houses to col­lapse just be­fore 10 p.m..

Cllr. Gar­rett O’Reilly says the dam­age could have been a lot more se­vere.

‘ The water was knee high in parts, while there was three to four feet of water out the back. If any­one had been un­der­neath the wall when it col­lapsed then they would have been killed. Garden sheds were com­pletely pan­caked and flat­tened by the wall af­ter it fell.’

Coun­cil staff, mem­bers of the Fire- ser­vices and the Civil De­fence were all out in force to try and bat­tle var­i­ous ‘ black spots’ around the town.

The river by the Old Forge burst its banks, caus­ing the flood­ing of the Abbey Grounds. 25 feet of wall sur­round­ing the grounds also col­lapsed.

De­scrib­ing the scene, Cllr. O’Reilly says, ‘ The Abbey Grounds ac­tu­ally looked like a large boat­ing lake.’

There was also heavy flood­ing re­ported around Abbey and Main Street, while mo­torists were ad­vised to avoid the Marl­ton Road be­tween the Bee­hive Pub and Wicklow town.

There was flood­ing on the N11 be­tween Jack Whites and Lil Doyle’s, while Barn­dar­rig ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems as well. Mo­torists were also warned to take care while pass­ing un­der the bridge on the Wicklow town to Rath­new road.

The wall sur­round­ing the Abbey Grounds that col­lapsed.

Flood­ing at the garage in Rath­new.

Flood­ing at the Big Bridge be­tween Rath­new and Wicklow.

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