OPW To Be Quizzed On Templemore Flood Relief

TEMPLEMORE area council is to write to the Office of Public Work to establish at what stage its application for flood relief work is at.

TEMPLEMORE area council is to write to the Office of Public Work to establish at what stage its application for flood relief work is at.

The June meeting of local councillors was told by Cllr John Hogan that people “were stressed about having their houses flooded” following flooding in parts of the town two weeks ago after torrential rain hit the area.

Area engineer John Jones said he understood funding had been approved by the OPW for flood alleviation works.

Following a request from Templemore’s Mayor Jim O’Shea that the OPW be asked for a start and finish date on the works, area manager Karl Cashen said he would be in contact with the State body.

Mr Jones said that his worry during the storm was that the “wall would go” along The Mall. He said sandbags will help divert flood water but the reality was that wtaer would find its own level.

“I can’t figure out how it wasn’t more serious,” he said.

Cllr Michael Smith maintained the Black Castle Road was getting flooded “all the time”, and asked if there was a problem with gullies as three business premises had to close following rain on Tuesday, June 9.

Tom McGrath, Templemore town clerk, said the problem was caused because the storm gullies could not take the amount of water that fell. Silt and dirt in The Square had caused the water to back up.

“There were a lot of irate people on Black Castle Road and along The Mall. It re-inforced fears that something needs to be done shortly,” said Mayor O’Shea.

Cllr Eddie Moran said it was “terrible to see people having to leave their homes”.

He was told that flooding in parts of Woodville Crescent was again caused by silt blocking the system.