Flooding damage will cost €5m to repair

Flooding damage will cost €5m to repair

Pictured are repairs taking place on New Street in Bantry, Co. Cork, today after flooding caused by Storm Francis. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

Five million euros worth of damage in repairs and cleanup has been assessed in Cork County by the Local Authority, caused by the August flooding.

Speaking at County Hall, during the first council meeting held since the summer break, head of roads at the local authority, Padraig Barrett, said the severity of the rainfall was so extreme that some of the events were once every 200 years.

The worst of the damage was caused in Rosscarbery, Skibbereen, Dunmanway and Bantry.

Over €4m worth of damage was caused to the Skibbereen district, with €600,000 worth of damage in the Bantry area.

Four motions from four separate West Cork Councillors were discussed in relation to the substantial costs associated with the devastating floodwater and a number of suggestions were proffered to remedy the situation.

Fine Gael Councillor Karen Coakley suggested drains and culverts were cleaned more regularly in order to ensure the free flow of rainwater.

Ms Coakley said people were “traumatised” by the flooding events and had a “constant fear” of floodwater, with some putting things on high ground and upon other things before going to bed in case they were flooded overnight.

West Cork Fianna Fáil Councillor Joe Carroll proposed that a dedicated agency was put in charge of clearing waterways and blocked bridges to reduce the risk of flooding in future events of severe rainfall.

Independent Councillor Declan Hurley looked for a delegation to meet with Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath in order to arrange an emergency financial package for the road network severely impacted by recent flooding.

“The only way to deal with this is to get the appropriate resources, from the Ministers.” 

Mr Hurley pleaded with the Mayor of Cork County Mary Linehan Foley to seek a meeting immediately.

Mayor Linehan Foley said she had met with Minister Eamon Ryan, Minister Michael McGrath and Minister Patrick O’Donovan in recent weeks and she would absolutely be in favour of leading a delegation for increased funding.

Mrs Linehan Foley suggested the head of the Roads Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) also join the convoy and all councillors should contact their local TD to ensure they were working hard at bring “the bucks” back to Cork County.

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