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Carrick quay walls keep floods at bay

The River Suir rose to within 20 inches of the top of Carrick-on-Suir’s flood defence walls last week at the height of the torrential storms.

The town’s flood walls once again successfully prevented the river from flooding the north and south quays as well as homes and businesses along them.

Days of heavy rainfall coincided with the highest tides of the month to significantly raise the level of the river. Photographer Anne Marie Magorrian’s photo on page 20 of the Suir flowing rapidly close to the top of the eyes of the Old Bridge last Wednesday shows how high the river rose.

Town Engineer Eoin Powell said at one stage the river rose to within 20 inches of the top of the flood defence walls at their lowest point near The Marina.

The defence walls were erected in 2001 and to date have prevented the quays from flooding.

There was extensive flooding at Sean Healy Park where the popular river walk was submerged. This is a flood plain and the gentle slope in the park prevented flooding on the N24.

Mr Powell and his staff were on flood alert watch throughout last week monitoring the level of the river and dealing with blocked and overflowing drains and gullies throughout the town.

Council staff issued about 600 sand bags to residents and businesses along the quays as a precaution last Monday and Tuesday. “As soon as there was threat of flooding, we had them out,” said Mr Powell.

One house in Lower Ballylynch was flooded and flood waters reached to within a few feet of the door of another house in the same area.

Mr Powell said flooding in Lower Ballylynch was caused by a combination of the land being saturated with groundwater and high tides.

Water also seeped into a house in Ard Mhuire due to a drainage problem and there was some flooding on the grounds of the old St Joseph’s College on the quay.

 

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