Douglas councillor demands meeting after flooding brings sewage out on road

Douglas councillor demands meeting after flooding brings sewage out on road
Pic; Larry Cummins

Douglas Councillor Deirdre Forde is seeking a meeting with Irish Water after sewage spilled out onto Rochestown Road following heavy rainfall on Thursday evening.

Mrs Forde said that work needs to be done now to deal with these issues before the winter months arrive.

The Fine Gael Councillor said we can expect a number of months of bad weather ahead and Cork City Council and Irish Water both have a lot of work to do to ensure that the flooding risks in the city are under control.

The councillors comments follow a number of flash flooding incidents across Cork following a thunderstorm.

According to AA Roadwatch, there was spot flooding on the M8, as well as along Rochestown Road, Mahon, including Skehard Road, and on Grange Road near Frankfield Church.

Heading into Cobh along Fota Road was also reported to be flooded.

Speaking to the Echo, Mrs Forde said that the drains were designed for a time long gone and could no longer handle the amount of rainfall that is being experienced.

“The drains need to be monitored and maintained and we need to have sandbags ready to go. This is the start of the season, we need to be more prepared for the next batch of bad weather.”

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