Flood-hit village doesn’t meet flooding criteria’
FIVE years ago during Storm Desmond, 10 houses, a garage, pub and shop were flooded in Crookstown, but yet it “doesn’t meet a flooding criteria.” An industrial unit and a warehouse were also damaged in the flooding.
That was the view of Chairman Cllr Kevin Conway, (Ind) at the recent Blarney Macroom municipal district meeting.
Cllr Des O’Grady (SF) said that in Crookstown in 2012 there was severe flooding which affected 10 houses, a garage and a pub. He said: “Cork County Council then undertook a flood relief scheme plan and funding of €1.5 million was put in place of which €250,000 was spent. The project was to be funded also by the OPW (Office of Public Works).”
“A cost analysis was then done and it was decided that Crookstown was not deserving of a flood relief scheme. Last week, we had the Minister (Kevin Boxer Moran) up in Donegal and flood defences were not put in place. Will the Minister look at the criteria for a flood after a flood has taken place?,” he said.
Cllr Michael Creed (FG) said: “A flood risk assessment was done by the OPW and Crookstown did not fit the criteria but the last county engineer did say that Cork County Council would look at other ways to fund the scheme but we don’t know what that is. We should ask if there is any update on that.”
Cllr Gobnait Moynihan (FF) asked if it was possible to put Crookstown under a minor works scheme.
Cllr Conway said: “Why is it that flooded areas doesn’t meet flooding criteria. We need to write to the Minister on this and see what Cork County Council will do on this matter.”
Crookstown suffered serious flood damage on three sides on June 28, 2012, the day when Storm Desmond hit. The peak flooding happened at 3am when the River Bridge and River Brouen burst their banks following torrential rain.
While nobody was injured, 10 houses were badly damaged as was the local shop along with the pub, garage, an industrial unit, and two warehouses.
A large number of acres of agricultural land downstream were flooded and lambs and other livestock also drowned. To further compound an already frustrating and stressful time, a blocked drain backed up a spring which also flowed in the village. Flood waters on the roadway also entered the grotto and demolished a nearby wall.
Mary, Lorcan, Sean, Avril and Rachel Burton enjoying the Vintage Car & Tractor Run in aid of the Liscarroll NS Development Fund.