As cities such as Cork, Limerick and Waterford suffered devastation from floods in recent weeks, it was great to see that both Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir escaped virtually unscathed.
There was some flooding in both towns but nothing compared to what they have experienced in the past. In Clonmel’s case the quays were closed for a while as was Convent Bridge.
But the disruption was minimal. Only a handful of homes suffered flood damage compared to the huge number in the past.
It proved that the long-awaited flood defence system worked. The quay walls - and later the mountable barriers - kept the Suir within its banks in the town centre. There were some small snags on the quays and with some homes near the ‘Dry Bridge’ at Old Bridge but credit to the engineers and outdoor staff who worked long hours to ensure that damage wasn’t any worse.
And both Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir are fortunate to have their defences in place already because with such heavy flooding in the bigger cities, there will be major demand on resources to provide defence in these centres now - and the Tipp towns may have faced a tough battle to fight their corner.