FLOODING

#Watch Flooding in Irishtown Mountmellick 'Even if it went down an inch it would be a big help'

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan


The Mountmellick Development Association (MDA) building in Irishtown, Mountmellick has been completely destroyed in the recent flooding.

Sonas creche, The Hare's Corner, The MDA itself have all been gutted by the shock flooding that hit the town on Wednesday, November 22 when the nearby Owenass River burst its banks. 

The N80 road which runs alongside the MDA campus remains closed and water is deep in the area which can be seen in the video.

Mountmellick Fire Station across the road from the MDA has also been flooded and destroyed. 

The Standex factory behind the MDA building remains covered in around 18 inches of water. Some members of staff worked all day to save what they could from the factory floor which has been destroyed.

In the video, you can see where the Owenass River burst its banks and spilled out into the playground. 

Paddy Buggy of the MDA said "even if the water went down an inch it would be a big help".

The Mountmellick Development Association is completely run by volunteers, it is a non-profit organisation and it works hard to improve the economic, social and cultural development of the town. 

This knockback has been devastating for the voluntary group.

Declan Furlong of The Hare's Corner spoke about the extent of the damage caused to the restaurant and how quickly it happened.

He said that the restaurant served breakfast on Wednesday but by lunchtime they knew the water was getting very high.

He said there was 2ft of water in the kitchen and 3ft of water in one of the function rooms.

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