Over 100 homes marooned in county

Co Roscommon’s flooding woes have continued over the past week. Over 100 homes are marooned; at least 19 businesses have been flooded; countless roads are impassable; livestock is in danger.

  These are just some of the consequences of the relentless spell of rainfall that began in mid-December and shows no sign of abating.

  The flooding is particularly bad in south Roscommon, where Barrymore, on the banks of Lough Ree, has become the latest impacted area.

  “Up to 30 houses in Barrymore are marooned,” said local councillor Paddy Kilduff, the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council. “Some of the houses are flooded and people have had to move out.”

  On Tuesday, Cllr. Kilduff said that the council were doing their utmost to solve the problem. He said that they were bringing out sandbags by boat to the homes and raising the roads where feasible.

  It’s a similar story in our areas.

  Homes in the south Roscommon areas of Clonown, Moore, Ballyforan, Athleague, Creagh, Kiltoom, Taughmaconnell and Dysart have also been marooned – their homes isolated by extensive flooding.

  But there are also been isolated cases of homes being marooned in Boyle, Castlerea, Rooskey and Strokestown.

  “I think there are over 100 houses in Co Roscommon marooned and there are hundreds more where they have very restricted access,” said Independent TD Denis Naughten.

  While some people have been forced to evacuate, the majority have remained in their homes, accessing them by tractor or with the army’s help.

  Some are going to great lengths to remain at home, said Deputy Naughten.

  “At one house at Castleplunkett, they have to go through about 100 metres of swamp, of marshland, to get to their nearest neighbour and then get out on to the public road from there,” he said.

  “There are quite a lot like that at the moment.”

  Vast tracts of land throughout the county remain flooded, with some farmers facing severe financial difficulty as a result.

  Deputy Naughten said: “There have been a number of slatted sheds that have been flooded – one in Kiltoom, one in Dysart.

  “There is quite a lot of stock that are marooned on islands in Clonown and Moore, where the only access to them is by boat now.

  “There is also a slatted shed full of cattle completely marooned in Boyle.”

  The council said that 19 businesses have been flooded since the torrential rain of Storm Desmond before Christmas – seven in Roscommon town, eight at Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon, and two each in Boyle and Athleague.