Bantry business owners stress urgent need for flood relief scheme

December 7th, 2021 12:21 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Danielle Delaney, chairperson of Bantry Business Association, said this is Bantry's fourth flood in 18 months.

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Bantry is still reeling in the grips of Storm Barra as it deals with its fourth flood in 18 months.

Speaking to The Southern Star at midday today – the height of Storm Barra’s bombardment of the seaside town – Bantry Business Association chairperson Danielle Delaney said, ‘It is sad to say but, at this stage, we are used to it.’

This flood – which began at 6am and will continue to leave the town on high alert until after high tide at 7pm – highlights once again the need for Cork County Council and the Government to advance the town’s €6.5m flood relief plan, according to business association chairperson.

‘Without a major flood defence scheme Bantry will continue to be flooded. Without it,’ Danielle added, ‘the workers on the ground are fighting a losing battle.’

Read this week’s Southern Star for the chairman’s full response to Storm Barra and the reaction of local traders.


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