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Long road ahead for flood victims

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Long road ahead for flood victims thumbnailEglinton Community Hall has become a base for those affected by the flooding.

SPIRITS have lifted slightly across Eglinton after a torrential downpour washed away most of the village last month, but a lot is still to be done and it will be a long road ahead, according to one community worker. Residents and volunteers have praised the clean-up operation that has been taking place since a flash flood left almost 100 families homeless over night on Tuesday August 22.
In the immediate aftermath of the devastating floods, the Northern Constitution spoke to Eglinton pensioner Greta Mooney who had returned home from bingo that night to find her bungalow completely swamped and ruined.
Grandmother Greta typifies the strong community bond and positive spirit conveyed by those impacted and she is now more upbeat since the incident and remains in positive mood.
Greta said: "The services have been fantastic, there is never a day without workmen on site at my house. My house is now completely gutted out, its just a shell now, even the plumbing had to be taken out.
“I am staying with my sister at the minute and its working out great so far. I come down to the community centre everyday to help out and touch base, then I would take a walk down to my house to see how things are progressing.

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