LGH manager looks to ensure flooding is stemmed

The manager of Letterkenny General Hospital has said that while everything was dealt with diligently on Tuesday night, there are still issues that need to be addressed.

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat yesterday, Shaun Murphy said that everything was done in the correct manner to deal with the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital on Tuesday night.

Water came gushing into the carpark from the nearby N56. The green banks that line the road down to the new multi-million euro A&E acted as waterfalls and the tar on the road were ripped up by the rushing waters. The new department has flooded three times.

A flood management strategy has been put in place since the last occurrence.

“The flood management strategy carried out at that time was appropriate to the weather pattern as determined at the time,” he said.

He added that “a significant focus” of the flood management strategy “was on the Sprackburn” and to ensure it didn’t flood again.

The manager of LGH will today meet with architects to discuss the installation of flood doors to the hospital that were ear-marked to be installed this month.

“It was a hectic night. The staff did brilliantly,” Mr. Murphy said.

The duty manager called the fire brigade to attend the scene as the car park became flooded. The department closed for three hours.

“It was clear that last night was a blow to the hospital but it’s also testament to how far we’ve come,” he said adding that all the measures to ensure that the culvert dealt with the rising levels of water were active and effective.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) are also carrying out an investigation.




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