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Council says 3m damage to roads as bad as 2014

September 21st, 2015 7:10 AM

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By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE weekend’s flooding in West Cork will cost Cork County Council in the region of €3m.

Councillors have called for emergency funding following the devastation in parts of the region – specifically the Beara and Mizen peninsulas.

At this week’s Cork County Council meeting, chief executive Tim Lucey said the extent of damage suffered in parts of West Cork was on a par with the damage that occurred in February 2014.

‘The extent of damage and costs is at an early stage but over 85mm to 125mm of rain fell in the south west of the county, which resulted in flooding in 16 locations on Sheep’s Head, 30 locations on the Beara Peninsula and culvert damage in Barleycove, as well as flooding of roads in Ballyvourney and Coolea,’ said Mr Lucey.

‘We do need some special allocation of funding to deal with this and we will be keeping the Municipal Districts informed about any emergency funding. This will impact on planned programmes of works, too, so we are looking for flexibility on this.’

A woman and three children were trapped for nearly an hour in their car, in flood waters near Enniskeane on Monday afternoon.

Macroom Cllr Aindrias Moynihan said the road damage in his area was also quite severe after the torrential rain and emergency funding from the Department of the Environment was urgently needed.

‘Roads were torn to shreds and it was one of the worst in years. There was fear and anxiety among many people in Ballyvourney last Friday as the flood built up and nothing would have held this back.

‘Our waterways are choked up and this build-up is not being addressed,’ said Cllr Declan Hurley. ‘I know of residents in my area who are living in fear of their homes being flooded and they don’t have house insurance. We can’t face into another winter with no resources or money,’ said Cllr Hurley.

Cllr Michael Collins said he was ‘in the thick of it, and that the rural peninsula got a real beating. I saw roads washed away and bridges knocked last weekend and I must thank our engineer who was out there dealing with it. County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea said he saw first hand the devastation in West Cork last Friday and will be writing to the Minister for emergency funding.

Commenting on the €3 million worth of flood damage caused in West Cork, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly said: ‘Not only do we need additional resources, a radical rethink is needed when it comes to clearing our waterways.’

Mr Daly, who has campaigned in recent years to have private contractors employed to clear the waterways, maintained the problem has been neglected for the last two decades.

‘It is completely unacceptable that people have had to endure the traumas forced on them last weekend by the very heavy rainfall. Unless the dykes are cleared more of this sort of flooding will occur,’ said Mr Daly.

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