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Donegal flooding issues: Time for the council to get the finger out - councillor

Castlefinn badly hit by heavy rain this week

Tom Comack

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Castlefinn flooding

Flash flooding on Wednesday morning at McGlynn's Restaurant in Castlefinn

Flash flooding in Castlefinn on Wednesday morning has been labelled a wakeup call by a local Sinn Féin councillor Gary Doherty.

Cllr Doherty was speaking after flooding from Tuesday's heavy overnight rain cut off one businness premises in the town and threatened a number of others.
McGlynn’s Restaurant in the heart of the town was cut off for a time as the flood waters rose up to the front door.
“It's a wake up call to everybody and a warning to what could potentially happen if we got a more sustained period of rain.
“The rain on Wednesday morning was not that heavy and we certainly have experienced a lot worse,” said Cllr Doherty.
“McGlynn’s Restaurant was under the threat of flooding and had to remain closed because the entrance was flooded. It’s not good enough. Jimmy McGlynn and all the other businness in the town that are under the constant threat of flooding pay rates and deserve better."
Cllr Doherty said he found the situation very frustrating given over €1.7 million had been granted towards flood relief in the town for over a year.
“It is time the council (Donegal County Council) got the finger out.
“It is long past time that we saw action on the flood relief and not having people living in fear.”
Roads in parts of the county were in a dangerous condition with flash flooding.
The gardaí issued appeals for motorists to take extra care especially on roads in the east of the county and in Inishowen.
Cllr Doherty also said he found it very frustrating that €180,000 had been granted for flood relief works in Ballybofey and Stranorlar and nothing was happening.
And he added it was also a similar story in Lifford where €6 million has been granted for flood relief.
“All of this money was granted with great fanfare over a year ago and we see very little or no action.
“I and the other councillors are finding it very frustrating.”