THREE representatives from the Clonakilty Chamber of Commence who were all victims of the recent flooding in Clonakilty, were accompanied by the Town Mayor Cllr Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, when they attended Cork County Hall yesterday to lobby councillors and officials for assistance to put the town back on its feet.
Ger Harte, owner of Eurospar and the nearby Courtyard businesses; Robert Walsh of Walsh Printers and Con O’ Neill of O’ Neill’s Sports are part of a new Flood Group within the Chamber of Commerce.
The delegation met with the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour groupings before the full County Council meeting at 11am.
They impressed upon the councillors the urgent need for money and human resources in the form of ‘men on the ground” to expedite the urgent repairs in the town and surrounding areas, and also the requirements to put in place both freshwater and tidal flood defence structures.
Cork County Council also published report into last month’s flooding across the county which noted that a striking feature of all three worst affected areas, Clonakilty, Douglas and Glanmire, the short and steep nature of all three catchment areas.
This, the council said, combined with the already saturated ground conditions and the heavy rain on the night, was a major contributory factor to the flooding.
The report said that two flood warnings were issued by Met Éireann at teatime on Wednesday, June 27th, warning of torrential and possibly thundery downpours of up to 70mm, leading perhaps to localised flooding.
The report says these warnings were passed on to the appropriate staff within the local authority, according to the Council’s standard procedures and their flood response plan was activated at 4.09am on June 28th.
Festival donates merchandise profits
Despite recent floods Clonakilty is well and truly open for business and more alive than ever with a number of events going ahead as planned in the town including the annual Clonakilty Waterfront Festival, the town’s biggest annual event.
Mayor Ó Súilleabháin said, “The community effort has been amazing with a huge amount of volunteers helping those affected and is a big reminder of why our town is such a popular tourist location.”
The festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend has brought huge crowds to the West Cork town in the past, and organisers are confident the event will give local businesses a much-needed boost.
Kate Crowley from the festival said, “With all the festival team from Clonakilty, we understand the importance of community spirit and are delighted the festival will bring such a lift during times like this.
“All funds from the festival t-shirts and other merchandise will be donated to the Clonakilty Flood Relief Fund”.
See www.clonfest.ie for more.