A Lough Funshinagh resident says he hopes his family can live out their lives in their current home in south Roscommon.
Tommy Carney fears for his house due to the current winter like water levels rising on the local turlough.
His comments come following preparation for the demolition of the O'Meara/Lyons home which is one of the closest houses to the water. The family was forced to relocate in February 2021 and the property, which was built in the 1970's, will be knocked later this week. Residents are now calling for a solution to be found to alleviate flooding and ensure they can remain in their homes.
Tommy says it was an emotional day to witness the partial demolition of a property in the close-knit community.
"The family have lived in it since the 1970's or so and to see it being bulldozed away today, it's very very sad. It's particularly sad for the family themselves but it's sad for the community as well. We're a very tight-knit community here. It's a constant fear and you're constantly watching, from now until next April, the weather forecast and you're watching the water levels but there's nothing you can do about it. It's total helplessness".