Council looking to address flooding issue on the North Link Road

Council looking to address flooding issue on the North Link Road
Cars making their way through the floodwater in Blackpool, Cork after heavy rain. Picture Dan Linehan

WATER pooling on the busy North Link Road road was determined to be caused by a 'large silt built up' in a manhole.

Roads staff at City Hall have moved to clear the issue in recent days following a series of complaints earlier this week.

Cars making their way through the floodwater in Blackpool, Cork after heavy rain. Picture Dan Linehan
Cars making their way through the floodwater in Blackpool, Cork after heavy rain. Picture Dan Linehan

Heavy rainfall earlier this week prompted several inches of surface water to pool on the North Link Road. The issue was largely focused at the Assumption Road junction, with pedestrians forced to cross the road to bypass the ponding.

Similar issues were reported in other parts of the city, including on the Skehard Road and Model Farm Road, with northside councillor Kenneth O'Flynn calling for a detailed assessment of the city's roads ahead of the winter.

Concerns were voiced that heavy volumes of traffic travelling on the North Link Road would be forced to brake sharply and move slowly through the water, causing traffic congestion and, potentially, issues for pedestrians.

It was feared that the issue could be exacerbated by the arrival of more heavy rain in the coming weeks and throughout the winter months.

Cars making their way through the floodwater in Blackpool, Cork after heavy rain. Picture Dan Linehan
Cars making their way through the floodwater in Blackpool, Cork after heavy rain. Picture Dan Linehan

A spokesperson for City Hall confirmed that the issue on the North Link Road was investigated on 'November 6 and 7' following complaints. Gullies and connecting pipework were found to be clear, but 'a large silt build up was identified within a nearby manhole that discharges to the culvert in the North Link Road.'

This was caused by a blockage in the outlet pipe, prompting surcharging of gullies which resulted in ponding.

"The issue was resolved on the morning of November 8, 2018 using a suction tanker to jet and remove the blockage and silt built-up," the spokesperson said.

"All gullies, pipes and manholes are now running freely. The location has been added to a planned inspection list to monitor silt build-up more regularly."

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