Flash flooding danger on Drinagh Road

The road near Curraghalcky Lake.

THE recurring problem of flash flooding on a stretch of the main R637 Drinagh to Dunmanway road needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency according to local Fianna Fáil councillor Christopher O’Sullivan.

Cllr O’Sullivan raised the issue at a recent meeting of Cork County Council’s West Cork Municipal District where he said the issue had been raised by a motorist who drove into flooding to the west of Curraghalcky Lake.

According to Cllr O’Sullivan the severe flash flooding occurred at the bridge to the west of the lake and the motorist’s car was written off as a result of driving into it coming around a sharp bend.

“This is a recurring problem and I am conscious that we may be told it is an OPW (Office of Public Works) issue or a Roads Department issue or a Coastal Management issue and it is too important to be pushed from one to the other,” he said.

Following the incident an engineer’s report was drawn up by Cork County Council but councillors were told that hydraulic investigations would need to be carried out before a decision on how to proceed could be taken.

Cllr John O’Sullivan said that “report after report” was not good enough and the issue needed to be addressed as it was very busy road, “It’s more urgent than that,” he said, “these reports could take years and in the meantime there will be more accidents”.