After the Storm-the Calm

The devastation caused by Hurricane Ophelia, followed by the might of Storm Brian was widespread all over the country, no less so than in the town of Youghal, where devastating damage to homes and property were recorded, and massive floods experienced in the lower lying areas, even though there was no water to be had from the taps! The spirit of the community, however, would not be beaten and the locals rallied around to help, comfort, inform, and open their doors and homes to those who were left without electricity or water.
The East Cork Journal, on a quick walk about, was amazed by the numbers of anxious neighbours and residents who, despite the ferocity of winds and driving rain, were out and about checking on neighbours, the elderly, and those living in the heart of town who are more subject to sea and tidal floods. They would not, and did not, let Ophelia or Brian intimidate them in their genuine efforts to help others.
Social media may not be approved by some, but it certainly proved its value for spreading the word about ESB outage areas, flooded areas, water supplies, and the danger areas for driving and inaccessibility. The crucial information was supplied on an ongoing basis by Cllrs Mary Linehan Foley and Michelle Twomey, Helen Heaphy Grainge and others in the local community, making it so much easier for everybody do deal with or prepare for the ongoing happenings.
Great credit is due to everyone who left their homes to help others in need. A small community, known for its extensive historic importance, Youghal can also go on record for their community spirit, concern and help for neighbours and the elderly, sharing their water supplies and homes and, simply, caring for others. It didn't take Ophelia or Brian to highlight their community spirit. It's just the way Youghal people are!

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