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‘Heartbreaking’ floods rip through North West

Thursday, 31 August 2017

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DESPITE being left homeless, many residents remain upbeat and thankful for the "hands on" community support after devastating floods ripped through the North West. More than 60 families in Eglinton have been forced to move out of their homes as torrential downpours flooded the entire village last week.
It is estimated that 63 per cent of the average August rainfall fell within just nine hours in the Roe Valley and surrounding area, last Tuesday night (August 22), causing millions of pounds worth of damage to homes and businesses.
A heartbroken grandmother had to sleep on the floor of Eglinton Community Hall on the night of the torrential rain after returning from bingo to see her bungalow completely swamped by water and sewage.
When Greta Mooney got closer to home she quickly realised that the driver of the bingo bus wasn't joking when he said the place was submerged in water.
The first thing brave Greta thought of was the safety of a disabled neighbour. The pensioner risked her life by quickly wading through three feet of fast flowing water to get into check on her sick friend.
Luckily, Greta's neighbour was already rescued from her house before the flooding got dangerous. Greta admitted if she had fallen she may never have got up due to the sheer force of the water. Greta told the Northern Constitution: "My grandson was in the back bedroom and he had to get out through the bedroom window when he realised the water was coming into the house.
“It really is just heartbreaking and devastating, everything is ruined. I really take pride in my house and in my garden and plants and its all been washed away."
The day after the devastating flood the clean up began and Greta was in more upbeat spirits as she could take it all in and see the clean up happening.
She added: "It has been all hands on deck for the clean up. I am really pleased with the help and support, its been great. I have had five housing executive men out to gut out my house and its already looking up.

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