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First holy communions will go ahead tomorrow at Holy Family Church despite flooding

Fr Paddy O'Kane pictured at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty during the clean-up operation.

Fr Paddy O'Kane pictured at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty during the clean-up operation.

 

A First Communion service is expected to go ahead tomorrow at Holy Family Church after a major operation to deal with flood waters.

It is understood that the church will be available for the children from neighbouring Holy Family School.

Local priest Fr Paddy O’Kane meanwhile warned the drains in the Ballymagroarty area are inadequate after the church was flooded for the second time in less than three years on Tuesday night.

One local man estimated that around 50 gallons of water was extracted from the soaking carpets of the church on Tuesday night alone.

Fr Paddy said: “We are at the bottom of a hill and the drains here are inadequate.

“The drains rather than taking water in were spewing water out. So we are picking up the rain water coming down from the school and the hill behind and from the road, the road surface, the road drainage system.

“We don’t know yet whether the carpet will have to be replaced.”

He added: “This is the second time it happened.

“It happened in December 2011 and it was worse then, the whole church was flooded. At that time there was blocked drain.

“But the drainage is inadequate in this area anyway.”

Fr Paddy also thanked all those who have helped out since the flooding began.

 
 
 

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