Res­i­dents face re­pair bill af­ter ‘12 feet’ of wa­ter gushes into homes

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY DAVID RALEIGH

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.” news@irish­mir­

Adrian and Jackie out­side their home yes­ter­day

CLEAN-UP FLOOD KNEE-DEEP WASTE DEL­UGE Flood­ing in Lim­er­ick city yes­ter­day


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