COLUMN: Mayor’s hopes and prayers for the town after the flood

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Boston Mayor Coun Paul Kenny has sent the following message to the people of the town after last week’s floods:

Can I send out my heartfelt commiserations to all households and shopkeepers who got badly affected by flooding on Thursday night.

As I spent the evening with people watching their properties being flooded, it was deeply upsetting for them and for me to see their homes and shops so badly affected.

I must say a special thanks to all the blue light services such as the police, the fire service, the ambulance service and all other emergency services for their gallant efforts during Thursday night and beyond.

I know many of them travelled long distances to support our town. I also must thank other organisations such as housing providers, electric companies and other bodies who came to support people of Boston.

This is now a time when we need to pull together to support members of our community who have been affected by this dreadful flooding. I know everybody is working hard to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and must thank the scores of people who are volunteering themselves to assist in the cleanup and their kind offer of equipment and resources to achieve this.

This shows me that we live in a town with real heart where people are prepared to support each other when crisis occurs. Knowing that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, I hope and pray that we are able to assist people to resume their normal lives and celebrate this festive season.