THE many volunteers and members of the emergency services who came to the rescue of Bandon during its double flooding episodes last December, are to be honoured at the 27th Annual West Cork Community Awards ceremony to be held in Bandon on Friday 8th April.
DUNMANWAY based independent county councillor Declan Hurley has called on the Government to introduce emergency legislation to deal with the flooding crisis, which has ravaged the county in recent weeks. Cllr Hurley said, “The Government needs to introduce emergency legislation immediately to facilitate the cleaning, dredging and maintenance of rivers and waterways, which would override obstacles that are in place, which currently hinders or prevents this type of work.
CORK South-West Dáil candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called for a significant repair fund to be put in place to fix damaged roads affected by the recent adverse weather. The Bandon-based councillor said roads all across West Cork have suffered damage, some very serious damage.
Flood damage in Goleen. Pic: Cllr Michael Collins THE spectre of flooding has already impacted on communities across West Cork and Kerry with the south west of the country enduring sustained heavy rain in the second week of September that led to spot flooding and damage in several locations. The worst affected areas where the Beara, Mizen and Sheep’s Head peninsulas and Ballineen and Dunamanway areas where roads were impassable
THE Cabinet has agreed a funding package of up to €70 million towards repairing the damage caused by the recent sequence of severe storms. The funding comes on top of the €25 million humanitarian aid available to flood victims.
GALE force winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and giant waves were the order of the day as Storm Christine battered West Cork heralding the New Year with a bang. Trees and power lines were down across the region with coastal flooding, spot flooding inland and structural damage reported in a number of locations.
ROADS across West Cork were closed today (Friday) as hours of torrential rain inundated many areas. The worst hit areas were between Skibbereen and Kinsale as the downpour moved east throughout the day and many secondary routes between Cork and Skibbereen were closed in places.
LOCAL independent councillor Declan Hurley has confirmed that funding has been diverted to address a number of local roads in the greater Dunmanway area which were damaged in the recent severe flash floods. In particular roads in Haremount, Monavadda and Derryleigh had to be closed to traffic due to the severity of the damage.
BANTRY residents and business owners awoke on Wednesday morning to find many premises under several inches of water. With torrential rain, strong force winds and very high tides, the conditions proved perfect for the unsuspected flooding centred round the town square.
EMERGENCY services in Clonakilty were forced to clear a drainage channel with a JCB digger in the early hours of Thursday morning to prevent a repeat of June’s flooding disaster in the town as up to two feet of water accumulated following heavy rain. It is the third time the town has been flooded this year.
THERE were protests by angry traders and residents in Clonakilty on Tuesday evening outside the regular monthly meeting of the local town council. The protesters claim that little has been done since the disastrous floods three months ago devastated the town centre.
THREE accountancy firms in Clon have pledged free support services to local flood victims who may be “intimidated” by the application form for the Humanitarian Flood Fund announced two weeks ago.
THE Clonakilty Flood Relief Fund was set up earlier this week at Clonakilty Credit Union in the aftermath of the recent serve flooding. The fund was initiated by Town Mayor Cllr. Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin who approached representatives of local experienced and well-respected organisations who have a long history of administering financial aid to the people of Clonakilty to manage the fund.
A WEEK on from the worst flooding in living memory the town of Clonakilty is slowly but surely putting right the damage done in the early hours of Thursday, June 28th. A dedicated website, www.clonflood.com has been set up as a central point for people to share resources, exchange information and offer support.
THE town of Clonakilty woke up to a scene of devastation today (Thursday) following the worst flooding in living memory overnight. Virtually every business from the Western Road to Faxbridge has suffered significant flooding following a torrential downpour in the early hours of the morning which simply overwhelmed the town’s drainage system.
THE “summer” weather has returned to West Cork with Met Éireann having issued both Gale and Small Craft warnings. Southeast winds will reach gale force by this afternoon on coasts from Hook Head to Valentia to Slyne Head as the heavy rain continues.