A retired Dubliner living in Spain has had her home destroyed by catastrophic floods that have left her home absolutely devastated.
Shankill native Trish McGough’s only possessions now are the clothes on her back, after her home was ruined in the floods that ravaged the area of Ronda, near Malaga, in Spain on October 21st.
Areas of Spain suffered treacherous rainfall last weekend, leading to the Rio Guadalevin river behind Trish’s home bursting its banks.
Because of the house being so close to the river, the risk was considered too high for the Dublin woman to be able to ever insure her home.
Dubliner Trish, 60, said that the building that was destroyed by floods and mud is ‘not her home anymore’.
She said: “It’s terrible, I’ve lost everything. It’s a complete disaster. I can’t ever imagine it being habitable again because I can’t salvage anything. It’s not my home anymore.”
Trish has lived in the house for the last 14 years ever since she retired to Spain and is attempting to continue her life as she awaits help from the local authority in Spain.
So far, they have only sent her a skip to begin clearing out her home, but as she slipped and hurt her wrist during the flooding, she’s unable to lift anything.
Trish said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. Everything was flooded and covered in mud – I don’t know where to turn.”
Her neighbour’s home was also destroyed when the river burst it’s banks.
A local newspaper in Spain, the Olive Press, have now set up a GoFundMe to try and raise the money to get Trish back on her feet. Currently, she has no basic essentials, clothes or furniture – or even a home.
To donate to Trish’s fund to help her rebuild her home, visit the GoFundMe page here.