Wednesday, June 29, 2022

By Keith Bourke

A number of businesses in Belmullet were flooded following a water main burst in the town at the weekend.

Local Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle said the water poured into two business premises.

“It’s bad. It was up six or eight inches and going out the bottom of doors,” said Cllr Coyle.

Business owners were left attempting to clear the water from their premises yesterday.

Erris Veterinary Clinic, located at The Docks, was one of the impacted businesses.

“We were one of the ones to get the worst of it,” said vet Hanneke Mooij. “When one of the girls opened up at 9am there was about 10 to 15cm of water all over. We got a plumber out and he realised that it was a burst main and he notified the council. It was probably seeping in through all night. We are below road level where we are located and it just came right through and flooded us.”

The business has been preparing for expansion but has now suffered some flood damage.

“Everything that was stored on the floor was damaged. We are in the process of expanding and it was nearly finished, but doors and walls and things like that will all be destroyed now. We haven’t even started using it,” said Hanneke.

A vet remained on call for emergencies yesterday but the clinic itself had to close.

“We had to divert our patients to other practices,” Hanneke said.

The practice hopes to reopen fully today.

The burst water main has left Belmullet residents without water since Sunday evening.

Irish Water was working with Mayo County Council yesterday (Monday) in an effort to restore the water supply. Dedicated water service crews were mobilised and repairs were expected to have been completed by last night.

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