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Council chairman praises storm effort 09.12.15

DONEGAL County Council chairman Cllr Ciaran Brogan has paid tribute to everyone involved in the response to Storm Desmond.
“From initial notification on Friday morning right through the weekend and into the early part of this week the work undertaken by the staff and volunteers of organisations such as Donegal County Council through the Roads Service, the Fire Service and the Civil Defence as well as the Defence Forces, the Irish Coast Guard and the numerous volunteers all over the county was tremendous,” he said.
“Many of the staff and volunteers were on call from early on Friday and every effort was made to protect life, homes and businesses. Although we were not able to save every home and business from the devastation of the flooding, I can honestly say that the people of Donegal were not found wanting this weekend," he added.
Donegal County Council's communications team worked throughout the weekend constantly sharing safety messages via social media.
They also thanked local media outlets for getting the information out to the public.
While Inishowen escaped the worst of the weekend devastation, there was extensive flooding in the Ballybofey-Stranorlar area, Castlefin and Lifford.
"With stormy conditions set to continue over the next few days, the council is continuing to appeal to the public to be vigilant at all times and to take extra care when out on the roads," the local authority said in a statement.

Some numbers from the weekend:
- 140 calls to the council's out of hours emergency number
- Scores more calls received locally by roads staff and councillors
- 53 flood-related calls to Donegal Fire Service
- 18 Donegal Civil Defence volunteers assisted fire fighters with a range of duties including sandbagging and water pumping.
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