AS torrential rain and high winds battered Clonakilty once again last night (Tuesday), householders and businesses braced themselves for another potential flooding disaster.
Very heavy rain began falling at around 9pm and continued for the next two hours or so and waters again began to ominously rise in the centre of the town.
It was said to be up to a foot deep in parts of Kent Street while the Fire Brigade began pumping away water from the bypass near Harte’s Spar shop, which was devastated by the last flooding in June.
Shanleys Pub, Bella Napoli on Connolly Street and one vacant unit which was vacated following the last flood were flooded on this occassion.
Water also entered the Teach Beag pub to the rear of O’Donovan’s Hotel but quickly subsided again.
Water levels rose to dangerous levels in parts of Kent Street, Rossa Street, the Western Road and at Harte’s Corner.
Many roads in and around Clon were impassable for a time during the deluge and there were also problems in the Rathbarry area.
There were other incidences of minor flooding in the town but thankfully nothing on the scale of the flooding that occurred two months ago.
In Ratbarry the river burst its banks and some premises near the post office suffered flood damage.
Clonakilty Town Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin said that on this occasion people were better prepared than they were in June.
“People had sand bags and barriers on site and there was a very quick response from the emergency services in fairness,” he said.
“It could have been a lot worse; if it had continued raining for another hour or two it may have been a different story but as far as I know only three or four premise in the town were affected.”
The mayor said that it was very important that drains are kept clear in the coming months as we move into autumn and leaves begin to build up.
Meanwhile Cork County Council and Clonakilty Town Council have been asked by Environment Minister Phil Hogan to provide a report on the June flooding to his department.