Drumlish villagers begin clean-up after local river burst its’ banks

Residents in a North Longford village have been left shocked after a river broke its’ banks following torrential weekend downpours.

Fast flowing waters from The Mill River in Drumlish came within inches of flooding the local creche and endangered several houses.

The river burst its’ banks around 4pm on Saturday afternoon after prolonged heavy rain.

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According to local councillor Paraic Brady the incident was unprecedented in its’ ferocity and was frightening for residents on the Mill Race Park estate, some of whose houses were at risk.

He says the council’s engineers will now have to survey local bridges to assess any damage and he’s hopeful that drainage works to be undertaken in September will alleviate the problem.