Last Thursday seen unprecedented floods all over County Louth but Aston Village got more than its fair share. The ‘dip’ is designed to retain or attenuate storm water in order to flatten out the peak runoff to the stream but something went badly wrong. A month’s rainfall fell in just one day and Councillor Kenneth Flood was caught in the middle of it.
Flood said “The consultant identified a problem with the pipe that is supposed to take the water from this area and feed it into the stream on Thursday Morning. My information was that he was to ask the council for permission to excavate this pipe and fix it. Then the heavens opened and that night seen the stream rise to twelve feet and burst its banks. That meant the only road in and out of the area became impassable.”
Councillor Flood spent the night redirecting traffic, distributing and placing sandbags to try and save houses from being flooded. “Between the Council and the army we managed to get 500 sandbags. We were told the weather was set to worsen through the night so myself and a few others opted to remain out for the night. Eight vehicles were stranded including a paramedics vehicle through the night.
“I want to thank Brian Maher and Gary Swaine for doing the first rescue before the council van and Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery came to the estate from other incidents elsewhere. Also I want to thank Louth County Council who helped extract the stranded cars and the residents who worked tirelessly through the night with a special mention to poor Chris Raymond who waded through the flood to reach his car in order to collect more sandbags.”
Councillor Kenneth Flood was still there in the morning when the pupils of AV Educate Together NS started arriving for school. “We blocked the road with cones so no vehicles would attempt to get through and get stranded. We requested parents walk their children to the school and directed traffic along the pathway for those parents who had very small children, one car at a time. Such was the danger from the 8 foot of water in the attenuation area directly adjacent to the footpath, Kevin Butler was wearing a dry suit in case he needed to go into the water to rescue someone. I can’t thank Kevin Butler enough for all of his all of his help all through the night.”
Councillor Flood ended by saying “this whole episode has shown us everything that is good about the community minded citizenry of this country and what a community can achieve when they pull together in times of trouble”.