Jim Fahy investigates the scale of the disaster for farmers in South Roscommon.
The area had flooded in the past, but never so early in the year or to such an extent. Thousands of acres of hay and corn were lost, and would rot before the floods subsided. It was estimated that up to a thousand local farmers had 80% of their farms under water.
Fahy speaks to Fine Gael TD Liam Naughton about the damage in this RTÉ News report. Liam Naughton estimates that at least 300 farmers in the area face disaster. The autumn grazing is all lost. Farmers such as Johnny Flynn are herding their cattle from rowing boats. Visiting Minister of State Paul Connaughton says it was an eye opener for him. Farmers' biggest worry is that they are being forced to sell cattle at artificially deflated prices.
An RTÉ News report from 21 August 1985.