Devastation in county again

Storm Desmond had a devastating effect on parts of Co. Roscommon over the past week, with some businesses suffering heavy financial losses. 

  Torrential rain last Friday, Saturday and Sunday resulted in the River Suck bursting its banks at Athleague on Sunday evening.

  On Tuesday afternoon, the village’s Main Street remained submerged in water, but an extensive flood relief effort was in place, which prevented further damage to houses and businesses.

  In Roscommon town, water entered several businesses on the Golf Links Road and Lanesboro Road in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

  In the west of the county, Ballymoe was worst-hit, with the village impassable, while several roads in the areas were closed.

  By Monday evening, countless roads throughout the county had flooded but, by Tuesday, many of them had reopened as the rain subsided.

  Towards the south of the county, the villages of Clonown and Moore remained in jeopardy on Tuesday evening. Vast tracts of land were submerged in water; there were fears that houses would become flooded.

  The worst-hit area in the north of the county appeared to be Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon. The retail park was akin to a lake: car parks were flooded and water was flowing to the doors of businesses.

  Independent TD Denis Naughten strongly criticised the Government for failing to provide an adequate response to last weekend’s devastating floods.