By Dan Walsh
Over 300 sandbags were deployed in Gorey today after the community woke up to serious flooding following a night of heavy rain which appeared to come as a shock to many. However, the town is clear tonight and fingers are crossed for a normal night without further heavy rain!
Cllr Andrew Bolger became aware of the flooding when he thought “a blocked drain” was sending water in the wrong direction, however, he soon realised it was “much more serious” and staff from Wexford County Council assisted by Gorey Fire Service were stretched to the limit all day, the main aim to prevent the flooding from impacting on family homes and business premises.
There were pockets of flooding across the town with the areas mainly affected being Ramsfort, Hunters Green, Garden City and Esmonde Street.
Water levels have fallen tonight.
Many rural areas of North Wexford were flooded too. The Ahare River was again in the news and the road from Tara Hill to Castletown was closed for several hours. Large tracts of land along the River Bann through Camolin and towards the River Slaney at Scarawalsh were submerged. Huge waves washed the seafront at Ballymoney, Courtown, Cahore and other areas of the Wexford coastline. Fortunately, there are no reports of injury or hardship to people or animals.