Businesses in New Ross counted the cost of ‘scary’ flash floods

Business owners in New Ross have had to count the cost of flood damage after up to 40mm of rain fell on the town of Co Wexford in just an hour on Monday during thunderstorms.

More than 40 companies are said to have suffered damage from the flash floods.

Roofs of commercial buildings collapsed, stocks and buildings were damaged by the flood.

Wexford Fianna Fáil TD James Browne pledged support for hard hit businesses.

“The effects of the flash flooding in New Ross are both frightening and distressing for those affected, and my thoughts go out to them,” he said.

“The Department for Enterprise has been contacted and has activated the Business Support Scheme for those affected by the floods and the Department for Social Protection is dispatching social workers to support flood-affected households.”

Mr Browne said he expects the Department for Transport will also provide funds to Wexford County Council to carry out repairs to roads and other infrastructure.

“Tonight I want to recognize the work and dedication of the Ambulance Services and Wexford County Council,” he said.

Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne, who hails from Wexford, said he has been contacted by “a whole host of people” who have been affected by the floods.

“Unfortunately, we must be prepared for the increasing prevalence of adverse weather conditions and it is important that those who suffer casualties receive fair support,” he added.

Social Democrat spokeswoman for climate and environment Jennifer Whitmore said there needed to be more discussion and action to tackle climate change.

She said the area experienced high temperatures last week, which were quickly followed by heavy downpours and flash flooding.

“We need to have a lot more discussions about the climate and the future and how we are trying to slow down and stop climate change. But there’s also the reality that it’s here now,” the Wicklow TD said. “We need to look at how we are adapting and making changes that may make it easier to slow down and prevent flooding.

“I don’t think people think about climate change. I think people are starting to realize, but I think there’s an element that people are dealing with these incidents on their own.”

“So we have hot weather, then flooding and not really pulling everything together and seeing it as a big issue to address.

“Awareness is much greater than it used to be, but many people are thinking about climate change in the context of the future.

“But the reality is that we have a changed climate.”

She said there are actions the government can take now to mitigate the worst of the flooding.

“Things like upstream management of rivers. When we have floods, we use those flood plains to collect the excess water so it doesn’t get pushed into the cities,” Ms Whitmore said. “If houses were retrofitted with water tanks, we could collect the water when it rained.” Businesses in New Ross counted the cost of ‘scary’ flash floods

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