Falling trees spark flood fears in Glanmire

Falling trees spark flood fears in Glanmire
Trees down in the Glashaboy River

CONCERNS have been raised about the number of trees that have fallen into the Glashaboy River in Glanmire in recent weeks.

City Hall, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of Environment have been notified of the issue and have been urged to fast-track a solution amid flooding fears.

City Councillor Ger Keohane said he went for a walk by Glashaboy River last Saturday and saw a number of trees fallen into the river, blocking the flow of the water.

Mr Keohane said in heavy rain this would be a flood risk and was a big worry for the local community.

“The branches are clogging up the arteries of the river and the council need a derogation licence to remove the trees. I am calling for this licence to be fast-tracked as it can take up to three months," he said.

The City Councillor said there is a steep embankment along the Glashaboy, the trees are getting too big and the soil can no longer hold them.

“There are more trees that will fall in over the coming weeks,” Mr Keohane said.

He is calling on the relevant state agencies to draw up a plan to secure the area.

"Residents are on edge, every time there is heavy rain. People are genuinely afraid any time the rain comes.” 

The €8.5m Glashaboy River flood relief scheme has been in the pipeline for the past seven years, but as of yet the project has not been fully signed off.

Approximately 60 homes and a number of businesses were badly damaged in Glanmire in June 2012 when the River Glashaboy burst its banks following torrential rainfall.

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