Despite extensive flooding in the town of Clifden yesterday – the town is open again to business today.

That’s according to the Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, James Charity.

The Cathaoirleach was in Clifden today to see the damage caused first hand.

After a morning of intense, heavy rainfall, yesterday about 17 homes were evacuated, while some roads in the area were impassable, and the primary and secondary schools in Clifden were advised by Gardai to close early.

Galway County Council says up to 50 mm of rainfall was recorded in the Connemara area over Tuesday night and yesterday morning - before water levels began to recede again yesterday  afternoon.

Minister of State for the OPW Patrick O'Donovan was in Clifden last night and again this morning, and assured locals that a flood relief scheme will be put in place for the town.

While Galway-based FG Senator Sean Kyne says he has been in contact with Minister Heather Humphreys, and the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme will be made available, through the local social welfare office, to householders whose homes were damaged.

Cathaoirleach Charity spoke to Midwest News this evening and outlined what he had encountered today in the Connemara town.

 

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