South Tipp counting floods costs

South Tipperary Co. Council estimates that up to E3m worth of flood damage was caused to roads around the county last week and about 100 properties were flooded.

South Tipperary Co. Council estimates that up to E3m worth of flood damage was caused to roads around the county last week and about 100 properties were flooded.

An emergency application for funding to repair minor roads destroyed and badly damaged due to heavy rainfall and flooding last Monday and Wednesday is being drawn up by Co. Council officials at the moment and will be submitted to the Government within the next few weeks.

South Tipperary was one of the worst hit parts areas in the heavy rains and storm that hit the country last week.

Meanwhile, the people of Fethard are this week counting the cost of the worst flooding to hit the town since 1947 when the River Clashawley burst its banks on Monday, August 6.

Office of Public Works Officials visited homes in Fethard affected by flooding last week to gather information on the causes of the flooding.

According to the Co. Council, 32 properties, including homes and business premises, were flooded in the Fethard Electoral Area.

Homes in Moyglass, Cappawhite and Poulmucka were also among the 100 properties hit by flooding.

Co. Council Senior Roads Engineer Peter Britton said South Tipperary’s roads were “badly caught” by last week’s atrocious weather conditions.

He said most of the damage was done early last Monday morning and further damage was done in stormy weather of last Wednesday. Flood waters cut deep trenches through roads and in some cases the whole sides of roads collapsed or subsided. Several roads in these areas remain closed because they are so badly damaged they are impassable for cars.

Roads in the Killenaule/Fethard area seriously damaged by flood and rainfall were located at Glengoole, Mellisson, and Ballysloe. Significant damage was also caused to the Mardyke Bridge, which is located between Ballingarry and Ballynonty.

In the Cahir Electoral Area, there was serious damage to roads east of Araglin, also roads at Rearoe and Kilcaroon, south of Ballyporeen and Dun na Gaoithe, south of Newcastle.

In the Cashel Electoral area the worst hit roads were at Burnchurch, Cathaganstown, Ballyfowloo and Coolmoyne. Roads damaged in the Tipperary Electoral Area were located near the Limerick border.

Mr Britton said road blocks and warning signs have been erected on flood and rain damaged roads to notify to motorists that they are either closed or require care when driving on them.

He said Co. Council roads crews have been working over the past week to fill in subsided roads temporarily to enable them to be re-opened in the short term for local traffic.

He told The Nationalist that the Council urgently needs extra government funding to allow it to carry out full repairs to these roads.

Mr Britton is putting together information on the storm damage in different parts of South Tipperary and so far the cost of roads damage in the Cahir and Cashel Electoral Areas alone is E1.3m.

He estimates the roads damage bill for the entire South Tipperary area will amount to between E2m and E3m.

“I am preparing as much information as I can from the different areas for the application for funding. But to be honest I am not terribly hopeful. We were caught badly and the Council can’t afford to spend what it doesn’t have... It’s a very serious situation and we do need this money,” he said.

This flood damage has come at a very bad time for the Co. Council, which is struggling to maintain its public services amid government funding cuts.