HOMES SWAMPED BY TSUNAMI OF SEWAGE
Residents face repair bill after ‘12 feet’ of water gushes into homes
Repairmen work on the burst water mains
The sewage water at the Bengal Terrace area Jackie, standing in her destroyed kitchen, added: “We are devastated at the minute. Just shocked.”
Several homes were soaked in sewage causing thousands of euro of damage.
Tired and sodden from their overnight ordeal, residents had to begin the task of discarding furniture and personal possessions that were wrecked.
The former council water mains repair man explained: “I just woke up and heard water. I thought it was something leaking. I came down the stairs, slipped on the stairs in the hall and fell.
“There was about four inches of water in the hall and I saw water pouring in the door.
“The sewer mains couldn’t cope. The volume of water that would come down a 12-inch mains [pipe] is colossal. That Adrian Ryan surveys the damage
would have filled the sewer and it then mixed with the water.”
Residents praised the “brilliant” rapid response of firefighters who raced to the scene and pumped the sewage excrement from houses.
Several vehicles attached to Limerick City Fire Service were backed up by responding crews.
It’s believed up to 10 homes were worst affected, with extensive water damage reportedly caused to floors, furniture and sheds.
Exhausted, residents complained they were still waiting for officials to speak to them about a recovery plan for them and their houses. Mr Ryan added: “We were told we may not see anybody until Monday, but that’s not good enough, not with sewage. No one can give us a definitive answer.” Resident Elenor Considine said she awoke yesterday morning to a river “gushing” through her home which had been newly renovated ahead of her daughter’s wedding. An Irish Water spokesman said: “Irish Water is carrying out repairs to a burst water main in the Kilmallock Road of Limerick City which occurred at around 2.30am. Supply has now been restored to all customers and the area has been made safe.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian and Jackie outside their home yesterday
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