At 2.30 this morning, twenty Irish Red Cross Volunteers responded to an emergency call from the HSE for assistance to flooding in areas of Cork.
Local Irish Red Cross Volunteers from Kanturk, Mallow, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Cork city were dispatched in 4×4 Ambulances to the worst affected areas.
In Clonakilty the situation was described by one volunteer as “pure devastation” with shops and homes all flooded. Where safe to do so, residents remained in their homes – most having to relocate to the upper floors to avoid the flood water.
Volunteers on the ground were moved by the kindness of local residents and businesses “those that could were making hot drinks to be distributed to those caught out by the floods. Small acts of kindness like this can make a massive difference to a situation of distress like this one” Ted Noonan, IRC Regional Director Units South.
Ted went on to commend everyone who responded “I’d like to extend our thanks to people in the local area and to our own volunteers all of whom responded without hesitation to come to the aid of those whose homes and business have been flooded.”
IRC Volunteers remain on standby after a morning of providing pre hospital emergency care, ambulance transportation to hospital, welfare services to the local community within Cork City and Clonakilty.