Ballymacarbry residents trapped by floods

A badly damaged road at Ballybrien, Ballymacarbry.
Torrential rain wreaked havoc on roads in rural communities near Clonmel last week and led to flooding in Ballymacarbry village.

Torrential rain wreaked havoc on roads in rural communities near Clonmel last week and led to flooding in Ballymacarbry village.

The deluge last Thursday night/Friday morning also resulted in an elderly woman and her daughter living a few miles outside Clonmel being trapped in their home as flood waters rushed into the house.

Ballymacarbry Cllr Michael J. O’Ryan fears hundreds of thousands of euros worth of damage was caused to roads in the Ballymacarbry, Kilmanahan, Touraneena and Knocklofty areas last week.

Roads weren’t the only property damaged. A tributary of the River Nire that flows through Ballymacarbry burst its banks and flooded several premises in the village including its two pubs.

Cllr O’Ryan, who chairs the Comeragh Municipal District Council, said some roads had to be closed due to the extent of the damage. Co. Council workers carried out emergency repairs on damaged roads throughout last weekend to make them passable again for motorists.

“It was the worst night’s rain I have ever witnessed. It was frightening the quantity that fell within a few short hours. Roads that had been repaired over the summer months are now in a worse state than before we started.”

He said his lasting memory will be receiving a call from a mother and daughter at 2am that night. “They were trapped in their house as waters entered through the door and from under the floorboards.”