North Tipperary escapes brunt of bad weather, but some areas hit by flooding

The flooding at Richmond, Nenagh
While North Tipperary escaped the brunt of the bad weather over the past fews, there were reports of a number of areas suffering from flooding.

While North Tipperary escaped the brunt of the bad weather over the past fews, there were reports of a number of areas suffering from flooding.

Davis Street in Thurles is closed this Wednesday due to flooding, and Gardai are urging motorists to be careful after a wall collapsed on to the road between Knockavilla and Camas Bridge on the R505.

The bulk of the storm damage is in the south of the county with the Upper Green near the cemetery in Cashel flooded, preventing access from the motorway beyond the Topaz Garage.

There was surface water on the quays in Clonmel on Tuesday night. The council closed off the area but it has since reopened. The local authority said the town’s E50m flood defence measures have not been breached and the flood waters were due to excess water in drains. However, the Convent Bridge remains closed to traffic.

The Dry Bridge was also closed and the council collapsed the glass walls to allow the flood waters to flow.

The top half of the county was hit by high winds, sleet and heavy rain over Friday, Saturday and this Tuesday, and, according to North Tipperary County Council director of services Marcus O’Connor there were reports of spot flooding at Kilmastulla, the old Dublin Road outside Nenagh, and the Nenagh River burst its banks at Ballinaclough.

Parts of the riverside walk in Thurles were also flooded, but the popular amenity remained open to walkers.

Richmond estate in Nenagh also suffered flooding, which may have been caused by drains backing up with water.

“It has never been that bad before,” said Noreen Kennedy of Richmond. “However, these are unusual circumstances. We’ve never had so much rain.”

Ms Kennedy said it was “more traumatic” for her neighbours as it came up to their door.

However, she was “delighted” with the response from Nenagh Town Council.

“They were here as soon as we contacted them. I am very happy with the response. I want to thank them for such a good service,” she said.

Ms Kennedy said the council had followed up on the flooding and were “up and down all week checking it”.

Meanwhile, Mr O’Connor said that The Mall in Roscrea and Templemore escaped flooding and the council was continuing to keep an eye on the situation in both places.

He said the council was looking forward to the OPW starting its works on The Mall in Templemore later this year.

With further bad weather forecast for the next couple of weeks, Mr O’Connor said the council would be monitoring all areas.

He also said the council had been contacted by the ESB, which controls water levels along the River Shannon, and the company had told them they would be leaving more water down the old channel at Parteen/Ardnacrusha.

North Tipperary County Council has warned landowners that during the recent storms, a large number of trees and branches fell on public roads. The council has requested owners and occupiers of land adjoining roads to inspect trees and hedges on their property and ensure they not pose a danger to road users.

Owners or occupiers of land are obliged under the Roads Act, 1993, to take all necessary care to ensure that trees, shrubs, hedges or any other vegetation on their land is not, or could not be a danger to those using a public road or to somebody carrying out maintenance or improvement work on the road.