Residents forced to walk the plank after heavy rain

The residents of a house in a Carrick-on-Suir estate have to use a plank of wood to walk from their front door to the roadway because of the flooding caused by blocked drains, the Town Council’s latest monthly meeting was told.

The residents of a house in a Carrick-on-Suir estate have to use a plank of wood to walk from their front door to the roadway because of the flooding caused by blocked drains, the Town Council’s latest monthly meeting was told.

Labour Cllr Sarah Dunne said the residents of the house in Ormond Crescent suffer flooding right up to their doorway after heavy rainfalls so much so that they have to use this plank as a bridge to bring their children out the door.

She highlighted the case as she tabled a motion to the Town Council meeting calling on the local authority to clean out all the shores in the town regularly to avoid such localised flooding and urging that particular attention be paid to this estate and to New Street.

Cllr Dunne said the residents of this house in Ormond Crescent did clean the drains outside their homes themselves but the drains also needed to be properly pumped out or widened.

Independent Cllr Richie O’Neill, who retired from the staff of the Town Council just before Christmas, took exception to her comments. The Ballylynch based councillor said he had been involved in cleaning drains in the town for the previous two to three months and he believed the difficulties with the drains in Ormond Crescent were being exaggerated.

He claimed that the town was flood free since the Council took over the maintenance of the draind.

“I don’t want to see my workmates in this town cut down. They are doing the best they can,” he angrily declared.

Cllr Dunne responded that she didn’t mean to offend the Council workers but if a resident came to her with a problem, she was going to bring forward their message to the Town Council .