West Cork flood damages set to run into millions of euro

West Cork flood damages set to run into millions of euro
Rosscarbery. August 13th 2020. Heavy local storms with torrential rain caused severe flooding in Rosscarbery today with the main N71 road closed and side roads severely damaged with surfaces washed away. Credit: Andrew Harris.

DAMAGES estimated to run into millions of euros have devastated West Cork communities and businesses following flash flooding on last night.

West Cork TD Christopher O’Sullivan visited some of the worst affected areas tofday and said that his heart goes out to the people affected, both businesses and homes, by the torrential downpours.

Roads between Rosscarbery and Glandore and in Brulea, Tralong, Rosscarbery and Downeen/Millcove have been completely washed away.

Mr O’Sullivan said the Cork County Council would assess the damage, estimate the cost for repairing the roads and apply for emergency funding.

Rosscarbery. August 13th 2020. Heavy local storms with torrential rain caused severe flooding in Rosscarbery today with the main N71 road closed and side roads severely damaged with surfaces washed away. Credit: Andrew Harris.
Rosscarbery. August 13th 2020. Heavy local storms with torrential rain caused severe flooding in Rosscarbery today with the main N71 road closed and side roads severely damaged with surfaces washed away. Credit: Andrew Harris.

“They are currently compiling a complete list of damaged roads so please let them know about your area so that it is included. I have already included any roads that have been flagged to me. I have also emailed Michael McGrath asking him to support any application for emergency funding to repair this and any other flood-affected roads.”

A number of elderly residents at a newly constructed housing development at Star Garden, Ceim Hill, in the centre of Rosscarbery were also affected.

Independent councillor Paul Hayes said some of the apartments, where residents were cocooning, were flooded.

The development consists of 21 housing units, the first 11 built in 2005 and the final 10 opened last year.

Rosscarbery. August 13th 2020. Heavy local storms with torrential rain caused severe flooding in Rosscarbery today with the main N71 road closed and side roads severely damaged with surfaces washed away. Credit: Andrew Harris.
Rosscarbery. August 13th 2020. Heavy local storms with torrential rain caused severe flooding in Rosscarbery today with the main N71 road closed and side roads severely damaged with surfaces washed away. Credit: Andrew Harris.

Mr Hayes said the homes which had been flooded were currently being assessed to see if the residents needed to be rehomed.

He added: "Residents of Star Gardens benefited from having wonderful neighbours who responded quickly to clear drains, to mop up sodden floors and set up dehumidifiers to dry out their houses so that they wouldn't have to leave their homes tonight."

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