Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

102-year-old woman left stranded

A 102-year-old woman has been left marooned in her Co Donegal home after the approach road to it was washed away by torrential rain.

Bridget (Biddy) McGee could not venture outside her bungalow, one kilometre from the west Donegal village of Annagry, following the overnight deluge.

She awoke yesterday morning to find several inches of water in her kitchen.

“I thought I left the tap on in the kitchen but then I realised the water came in from outside under the door,” she explained.

It was only when her home-help arrived soon afterwards that she realised the road to her home had been washed away.

“It was very frightening for me. The water was very dirty and made a terrible mess in the kitchen,” she said.

Luckily, a raised step prevented the water from getting across the hall to the sitting room and bedrooms. Family helped in the clean-up.

The torrent washed away most of the accommodation road leading to Ms McGee’s home and she is now waiting on word from the council about when it will be repaired.

\[Daphne Abernethy\]The flooding was caused by a drain on the main road above Ms McGee’s house, which was unable to take the flow of water Ä a problem that was not there before recent works were carried out to the drainage system, according to locals.

Holes up to six inches deep in the road make it impossible for Ms McGee to even walk up to meet anyone coming to collect her. No vehicle can use the road and this includes emergency vehicles.

Her son Michael said last night that he had been in contact with Donegal County Council but was still awaiting a definite response as to when the road would be repaired.

"So much for their emergency response service," he said.

"The road is in an awful state and is bad enough for younger people let alone my mother who is nearing her 103rd birthday."

A spokesman for Donegal County Council confirmed last night that they had been made aware of the situation but could not say when repairs would be carried out.

Anita Guidera

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