Rathangan Mum fears return of floods

St. Patrick's Park, Rathangan, resident, Mary Malone, removing her wooden floor covering in her house due to flooding caused by inadequate drainage at the front of her house.                             Photo Tony Keane.
Mum of four, Mary Malone is terrified her home will be flooded again after heavy rain resulted in water and sewage flowing into her hall and kitchen.

Mum of four, Mary Malone is terrified her home will be flooded again after heavy rain resulted in water and sewage flowing into her hall and kitchen.

Sewage seeped into her garden in St. Patrick’s Park, Rathangan on Monday night October 21 as the water started to rise at about 9pm.

“The water came into my hall and my kitchen. I had to lift up all my floor boards. The sewerage came in my back door. Everything is destroyed,” explained Mary.

Her neighbour, Agnes Maloney also had the same problem.

“The fire brigade came and they tried to pump out the water but they couldn’t help,” added Agnes.

Mary explained how the council brought sandbags the next day but it was too late.

“The council are not doing anything. They sent a man out but we haven’t heard from them since,” said Mary.

“I have four children and two of them have asthma. It’s no good for the kids. This is the second time this has happened. I just want a transfer.”

She said the houses are to be renovated as part of the regeneration of the estate, but they haven’t been told when this will happen.

“I am just so fed up,” said Agnes, “I spent €800 on those floor boards and they are destroyed.”

The council said: “Investigations are underway in respect of the reported flooding at St Patricks Park, Rathangan. The Council is working with the affected tenants.”