A community worker has spoken of the “enormous” emotional impact still felt by residents of Eglinton two years after extreme flooding destroyed their homes.
On this day two years ago, flash flooding struck the North West, leaving a trail of devastation behind. Around 130 houses within Eglinton village were impacted.
Speaking to the Derry News yesterday, Debbie Caulfield, manager at Eglinton Community Centre, said the affects still linger and people want to see proper flood defences built.
It took a long time before people could return to their homes. Some homeowners had to take the tough decision to relocate and others are still carrying out repairs.
Ms Caulfield explained: “There is still one house that just had it floors put down there recently as far as I’m aware. People have moved on who were unable to return to their homes because their children were worried.
“As a community worker I hope that nothing like this ever happens to people in this area again.
“When you’ve been flooded like that you have every reason to be fearful and worried whenever there have been heavy rain showers over the summer. When the rain persists people do get worried even if the river isn’t up particularly high.
“And there’s no way of knowing when work will start on these proposed flood defences.”
People without contents insurance and those with no insurance at all faced financial hardship. While those with insurance, have seen their premiums skyrocket since.
The “emotional impact” of the flooding has been “enormous” for families, most of whom lost personal items such as treasured family photos which are irreplaceable.
“There is no doubt about the emotional impact on people, it’s the loss of all their belongings, there are things you can’t replace. Old photographs of your children and your parents, birth certificates, everything gone."
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