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Clonmel flood defence plan passes first test

A view of The Quays in Clonmel taken from the Gashouse Bridge. The �40 million flood defence was passing its first real test.

A view of The Quays in Clonmel taken from the Gashouse Bridge. The �40 million flood defence was passing its first real test.

Funds required to remedy the minor snags identified with Clonmel’s flood defences will be provided, according to Borough engineer Jonathan Cooney.

The flood defences in place worked extremely well when faced with its first real test over the last week.Some minor issues, which led to the closure of the quay, will now be addressed and remedied within a six-month period.

The Borough engineer confirmed that the OPW, who were responsible for the €40m scheme, have confirmed that funds will be made available, and the process of identifying the problems and implementing works will be pursued immediately. He expected such works to be completed within six months, as will another contract on the flood scheme dealing with the Convent Bridge area.

“A contractor is already on site at the Convent Bridge in a separate phase the OPW agreed to, which involves an expenditure of €500,000 and related to specific measures to protect houses in the area,” said the Borough engineer.

Overall the engineer was very pleased with how the system stood up to its first major test.

“This is the first opportunity to test the system really and it has worked extremely well”.

He said that two houses flooded in the Coleville Road area in County Waterford was a separate scheme to the overall flood defence scheme. Water also had to be pumped from two properties in the Old Bridge, water did not get into one of the houses and only into a scullery and outside toilet of the other house.

“We have spoken to the OPW and they are fully committed to resolving the issues that arise as a result of the flooding. We will have to wait and see when the water levels go down and examine the situation to see what costs will be involved” he said.He would not be able to put a cost on it until after the flood threat subsided but he would not expect it to be in excess of €100,000.“The system has been very successful and thankfully it is now in place after so many years”.

 

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