On Sunday morning, residents of The Woodlands estate in Ballytivnan woke to rising waters almost entering their homes. Mowlam nursing home was also badly affected as water continued rising throughout the morning and afternoon. After a number of hours, the rain subsided and works by Sligo County Council and Sligo Fire Brigade was able to greatly reduce flood water levels. This has been the second time in just over two years that has seen the estate the focus of emergency efforts to avoid devastating flooding.
Community activist Corey Whyte was in The Woodlands during the flooding and said “residents cannot be left in continued fear of flooding”. “In December 2015, The Woodlands saw heavy flooding that caused extensive damage to a number of homes. After this, commitments were made to ensure that measures to reduce the flood risk would be taken. Two years on, residents were once again awoken to the risk of their homes flooding. The excellent work by the fire brigade and Sligo County Council prevented an enormous amount of damage and heartache for residents. However short term solutions are not enough and residents are fearful of future flooding.”
Corey is calling for Sligo County Council to access available government funds in order to prevent similar flooding in the future and reassure residents. “In August 2017 the Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin Moran, visited Sligo and said funding was available and can be delivered to local authorities. The Woodlands has now proven itself to be an area of great flooding risk and therefore a scheme should be put in place as soon as possible in order to counter this.”