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Council engineer thanks outdoor staff for working in ‘horrendous’ storms

A mother with three of her children and their grandmother had a miracle escape when this very large tree was blown on to the car in which they were travelling at Block Rd., Portlaoise at the height of the storm on Wednesday evening, Collette Brennan from Ballylinan, was accompanied by her mother Mary and three of her children,Ella 12, Eoin 8 and 13 week old Ollie- Liam, at the time and although very shocked were able to exit the vehicle.

A mother with three of her children and their grandmother had a miracle escape when this very large tree was blown on to the car in which they were travelling at Block Rd., Portlaoise at the height of the storm on Wednesday evening, Collette Brennan from Ballylinan, was accompanied by her mother Mary and three of her children,Ella 12, Eoin 8 and 13 week old Ollie- Liam, at the time and although very shocked were able to exit the vehicle.

The senior roads engineer for East Laois Orla Barrett has thanked outdoor staff for their response to floods and storms in“the wettest winter on record”.

“The lads endured horrendous weather conditions, between flood waters and falling trees, with hand on heart. Thanks to Des Walsh and Jim Phelan and their lads, engineering team Stan Cullen and Raymond James and our wonderful admin team especially Anne Kavanagh,” she said.

“Luckily for everybody we escaped, lets hope we are in for some fine weather so that outdoor staff can do remedial work,” added Cllr James Deegan, at the recent Emo area meeting.

 

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