Minister compares floods in Kilkenny to 'tsunami'

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The flooding in Graignamanagh (Image via @deric_hartigan)
The flooding in Graignamanagh (Image via @deric_hartigan)

Rural Affairs Minister Ann Phelan spent the morning in Kilkenny town of Graignamanagh where she described the level of the floods as similar to a tsunami hitting.

“It’s really devastating, what we’ve seen this morning. We have had flooding in the past but I have never seen anything like this,” the Labour minister said.

“At 2am it was clear as day but by 5am it was the very same as if a tsunami had hit.”

Speaking on RTE Radio’s Today programme Ms Phelan described the scene as “like a warzone” and warned that water levels in the River Barrow are still rising.

Sean Keane, a resident of Graignamanagh also described the scenes in the town after the River Barrow burst its banks in dramatic circumstances last night.

"It's like a war zone, the water has destroyed a lot of businesses. Murray's pub is full of water, Doran 's Supervalu is gone... the town is impassable. It's utter devastation here," he told Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.

"Graignamanagh is at a standstill. I remember 22 years ago it was really bad but this is the highest ever and it's going to get worse. The River Barrow is going to get higher.

"They're going around here in wet-suits."