Quick response prevented flooding on Carrick-on-Suir’s quay

Aileen Hahesy

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Aileen Hahesy

A view of the quay in Carrick-on-Suir

The quick action of Council staff prevented flooding on Carrick-on-Suir's quay during the day of torrential rainfall three weeks ago. 

Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Engineer Willie Corby said additional pump capacity in Carrick-on-Suir's Main Drainage System was switched on in the afternoon of Thursday, March 15 to assist the flood scheme pumps to prevent flooding along the town's North Quay.  

This action followed a site meeting in the early afternoon to discuss the danger of quays flooding and a phone call to the company that supervises the town's Main Drainage System. 

Mr Corby told councillors of the action taken to prevent flooding in Carrick-on-Suir at the monthly meeting of Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District last Thursday. 

Mr Corby reported that previous work undertaken to a culvert in the Lissadell area off the N24 also assisted the Council with preventing flood water entering from that location. 

Some follow up maintenance work to prevent the culvert becoming clogged with debris will be required, he added. 

Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Kieran Bourke said flood alarm bells really sounded during that afternoon. He paid tribute to District Administrator Martin Nolan for his work on that day. Everything was put right before 6pm. 

The Fianna Fail councillor said the situation was scary for the people who lived in this part of Carrick-on-Suir. 

"After the last flood, we were assured this was a once off that couldn't happen again. Unfortunately, it's not a one off. These people are living in fear, no matter what assurance they are going to get."  

He said the town's drainage pumps were a big, big issue and people were suspicious that the drainage plant in Ballylynch hadn't sufficient capacity to take foul and storm water during times of excess rainfall. 

Fellow Carrick-on-Suir councillor David Dunne echoed Cllr Bourke's praise of the work of Council staff in preventing a flooding incident in the town on March 15. "They seem to have learned a lot from the (previous) flooding in Carrick." 

He said the town's pumps need to be monitored and he believed the rain did more damage than the snow in the town. 

Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Director Pat Slattery thanked the Council's indoor and outdoor staff who reacted very quickly to the situation and told councillors that Carrick-on-Suir's flood protection scheme probably needs to be upgraded.