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Local communities to be commended, but Government flood defence systems lacking – McLellan

13 January, 2016

Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan has admonished the Government for their slow response to the recent flooding crisis, saying that while they cannot control the weather, they can control is a system being put in place to help those most affected.

Deputy McLellan said:

“I would like to send my support to those affected by flooding across the nation over the Christmas period and the weeks following. I can only imagine the stress and displacement that has been caused, as well as the burden faced by people over the next few weeks and months, as they attempt to get their family homes back in order.

“Many homes in Cork have been devastated by this latest episode of flooding. Homes have been destroyed in some parts which have never been flooded before. Others have been flooded on numerous occasions. Although this may be down to climate change, it is also due to a severe lack of foresight on the part of planners and builders. 

“Flooding hit areas such as Midleton, Castlemartyr, Water Rock, Mallow and Carrigtwohill in an indiscriminate manner, destroying homes, businesses and farm lands alike.

“Granted you cannot control the weather, but what this government can control is a system being put in place to help those most affected.

“I would like to commend the members of the respective local authorities, the army, the civil defence and large members of the local communities and all other organisations for all their hard work over the last number of weeks.

“I’d also like to thank White Gate oil refinery in East Cork for providing pumps to remove significant flood waters, in order to clear the N25 Cork to Waterford main road. Finally, I also want to commend a number of hotels in the affected areas for allowing people to use their rooms in their hour of need.” 

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