Council may need emergency funding to tackle roads issues after storms

Council may need emergency funding to tackle roads issues after storms
Cork County Council contractors clearing the snow from the Courtmacsherry-Timoleague road. Picture: Martin Walsh.

CORK County Council may have to apply for extra funding to help deal with the impact of the severe weather on local roads.

Tom Stritch, Cork County Council Director of Services for Roads, said they were expecting reports to come in as the snow and ice melts to reveal the damage to the road surfaces underneath.

“We haven’t heard anything significant yet but we expect there will be,” he said. 

“We would certainly expect there will be damage.” 

The level of repairs needed will dictate the Council’s next moves.

“We are just going to have to deal with them as resources allow,” Mr Stritch said.

“Usually in the case of situations like this, if it becomes a big issue, we would normally make a case for central funding towards the cost of repairing them but it is too early to say this time.” 

 While national and main roads around the city and county were largely clear by Monday lunchtime, the County Council still had work to do on minor roads and those in more remote areas.

“There are some roads that would be passable but maybe only single vehicles at a time,” Mr Stritch said. 

“Then there are local roads around the county where there has been drifting on high ground." 

Crews working on behalf of Irish Water and Cork County Council have been working to fix leaks and other issues and restore a normal water supply. However high demand combined with an increase in leaks and bursts has led to reservoirs emptying which is causing ongoing supply disruption in some areas.

In Youghal, crews repaired a number of leaks and, following restrictions on Sunday night, water supply was turned back on. A spokesperson for Irish Water said they will continue to manage the situation to ensure critical water supplies are maintained. Bottled water was supplied to customers in Roberts Cove, Nohoval, Minane Bridge and Crosshaven where water is taking longer to be restored following power cuts.

Irish Water are also currently monitoring the situation in Mitchelstown where high demand has led to the reservoirs running low.

In order to avoid further restrictions or outages and restore supplies to normal as quickly as possible, customers in Cork are asked to conserve water over the coming days by not running taps unnecessarily, taking showers instead of baths and checking for leaks. Irish Water is especially appealing to anyone with an outside tap to ensure that it is securely turned off.

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