Probe into flooding

Donegal Co. Council has
confirmed it’s carrying out
investigations into widespread flooding in Inishowen at the weekend while the chairman of Donegal IFA,
PJ Monagle stated if half the farmers in the county were in trouble before the torrential rain they all are now.

Meanwhile Deputy Charlie McConalogue says emergency funding must be found as a matter of urgency to carry out reconstruction works on the Craigtown road in Carndonagh, which collapsed as a result of flooding.

Speaking yesterday PJ Monagle said: “I have 120 dairy cattle and I don’t know where I can put them. The ground is saturated. There was a fodder crisis before this but now all we can to, literally, is pray and hope.”

Mr Monagle said the situation was stark: “I can state now that there are people in farming today that will not be in farming this day next year.

Deputy McConalogue said there was widespread flooding everywhere but the damage to the Craigtown road was of a very serious nature, with flooding in the adjacent river tearing away the road and leaving a sheer embankment with a 30 foot drop to the river bank.

“The collapse of the road also leaves local residents in a very difficult position’, he said.

The council said it was aware of flooding in Páirc an Ghrianáin at Burnfoot where sewage made its way into gardens.