Government 'ready to respond' to West Cork flooding devastation

Government 'ready to respond' to West Cork flooding devastation
Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan talks with residents near Glandore during an inspection of flood damaged roads on Thursday.

A WEST Cork TD has said the Government is prepared to support the people of West Cork after severe flood damage following heavy downpours in recent days.

Cork South West Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan said he has spoken at length with Taoiseach Micheál Martin about the damaging floods in West Cork over the past week.

“The Taoiseach left me in no doubt the government will prepare a response for the people living in the affected areas,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.

“The details of that response will come after Cork County Council have finished compiling their list of all the roads impacted by the flooding.

“The Taoiseach and I spoke at length and I made him fully aware of the damage and devastation for home owners and to businesses.

“I want to commend emergency services and Cork County Council staff who have been excellent in their response.” After initial devastation on Thursday morning, Rosscarbery, Dunmanway, Rathbarry, Owenahincha, Glandore, Drimoleague and Connonagh were hit by more heavy rains on Saturday which compounded the already substantial damage.

“I spent the last few days visiting people in the area who were most impacted,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.

“It’s extremely tough for businesses and families already under immense pressure because of the pandemic.

“While obviously this is an extreme weather event, I also think there is also not enough outdoor staff available at Cork County Council cleaning gullies and pipes. It’s all contributed to this disaster.” *Note to editors re attached picture:

Deputy O’Sullivan talks with residents near Glandore during an inspection of flood damaged roads on Thursday.

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