Drumlish homes hit by heavy rainfall

Local man Pat McKenna has been badly affected by the flooding incident. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Homeowners in parts of Drumlish were left marooned last week after a deluge of overnight rain caused manholes to overflow and raw sewage to seep onto laneways.

Homeowners in parts of Drumlish were left marooned last week after a deluge of overnight rain caused manholes to overflow and raw sewage to seep onto laneways.

Some residents, who live along the main Mohill Road outside of Drumlish, were so badly affected they were unable to flush toilets or even take showers in their own homes.

One of those, local man Pat McKenna, said it was not the first time flood-related problems had visited his door.

“Ah sure, it’s absolutely atrocious in this day and age,” he said, as he reflected last Friday on the previous 48 hours.

“The gully at the back of my house is full and there’s sewage flowing down the road.”

Mr McKenna said much of last week’s episode was brought about by ongoing difficulties with the village’s sewage treatment plant.

To add to his woes, he told of how on three separate occasions he shovelled raw sewage from backed-up manholes

“Each time I have had to lift solids just to get the line cleared. It’s like lifting turf out of a bog,” he said.

“I mean, I can’t even use my own toilet.”

Local Cllr Paraic Brady supported the claims made by Mr McKenna.

“It’s all to do with a pipe that lies right in the centre of Drumlish that was never activated,” he insisted.

“An older pipe is still in place, and with the town growing, rainwater is getting in and it’s just not able to cope,” he said.

“In this day and age that shouldn’t be happening.”

Cllr Brady claimed up to six manholes had been affected by the heavy downpour last week, an issue which the Fine Gael representative has recently taken up with Longford County Council chiefs.

“There are four houses down there (Mohill Road) who can’t use their bathrooms,” he said.

Another local, Cllr Martin Mulleady, revealed he had previously flagged the concerns of locals at County Council level.

In relation to questions surrounding connection issues with the sewage plant, he said: “I always thought they (council) were putting the horse before the cart by tarring the whole village.”