I walked through the Viking Triangle in Waterford City on the New Year’s morning and came across a Christmas Tree graveyard where I took this photograph. Some thirty decorated Christmas trees were dumped there like no longer worshiped idols. The Holidays are over.
Holiday season in Ireland was darkened by severe and extensive floods that hit the country in the end of December- beginning of January. Property and farmlands are damaged, people are devastated after losing their possessions and security of their homes.
I haven’t been to the flooded areas this year, but I have some pictures taken during the flood in 2009 and 2013.
At this stage, River Suir looks fierce and beautiful – Clonmel 2013.
Carrick on Suir in February, at high tide the same year.
This flood is already getting out of hand…
In summertime, River Suir can be so shallow that in some places a heron can cross it without getting his bottom wet. Now the river looks like a lake – you can watch Cyril Helnwein‘s video and take a 6 km kayaking trip from Clonmel to Kilsheelan – not only down the river…
Unfortunately, there is no fun at all in getting flooded.
For many flood victims, this is not the first time they have been flooded in recent years and they face the current crisis without insurance coverage. Murky brown floodwater, sometimes more than a meter deep, causes permanent damage to almost everything.
Some farmers have to evacuate their cattle to the neighboring farms. Feed and pastures are destroyed, and it will take months the land to drain and recover its capacity to grow crops. People blame the EU Conservation Program.
Floods have always been around, they are natural. Much of the flooding is caused by bad planning, allowing roads and houses to be built on natural flood plains. It seems that unpopular decisions are required, like relocation of businesses and people.
Now that the worst seems to be over, it is time to start thinking about the next flood, and take it seriously.
On a lighter note – we can also dream 🙂 This sweet girl lives in the place where it is snowing in winter. What is she dreaming of?
This lovely girl lives in Ireland. May be she is dreaming of a dry, white winter?
Have a wonderful weekend!