Flood­ing by for­mer ho­tel ‘ma­jor safety con­cern’

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Flood­ing close to a for­mer ho­tel in Glan­mire is putting pedes­tri­ans at se­ri­ous risk as they have to walk out onto a busy road to try to avoid it.

Flood wa­ter has be­come a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence on the road ad­ja­cent to the for­mer John Bar­l­ey­corn Ho­tel in re­cent years.

It reg­u­larly cuts off a 30me­tre sec­tion of foot­path and road­way which serves a number of shops, a na­tional school and the Sars­field’s GAA Club.

Cllr Ger Keohane told a meet­ing of the Cobh/Glan­mire mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil that it should be “treated as a ma­jor health and safety con­cern”.

He de­manded it was a prob­lem which had “to be tack­led once and for all”.

Cllr Keohane, chair­man of the mu­nic­i­pal district, also pointed to reg­u­lar in­ci­dents of flood­ing fur­ther along the same road be­tween the Mar­wood hous­ing es­tate and the hurl­ing club.

He said such floods were “caus­ing may­hem” and were of­ten so deep that cars were hav­ing to do U-turns as they couldn’t get through them.

Coun­cil engi­neers said there were a lot of trees in the area and fall­ing leaves washed into gul­lies had blocked them.

Of­fi­cials said while out­door staff try to re­spond as quickly as pos­si­ble to such in­ci­dents, the only proper so­lu­tion was likely to be found when the pro­posed €8.5m Glashaboy flood re­lief scheme was con­structed.

The flood re­lief scheme is yet to be signed off by the Gov­ern­ment, even though its de­sign has been com­pleted by the OPW and coun­cil engi­neers.

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