Flood-hit vil­lage doesn’t meet flood­ing cri­te­ria’

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HERLIHY

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.

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