Flood defences put back to 2016

Work to relieve regular flooding on a section of the main Cork-Killarney road will not be done for at least three years, it has emerged.

The most recent flooding at Garries, Glenflesk, Co Kerry, was on Oct 25, resulting in the closure of one lane of the busy N22.

Local people say the road in the area has been subject to flooding for as long as they can remember, but it has been deemed unsuitable for minor flood mitigation because of the scale of the remedial work required.

Flood risk management plans are due to be completed by the Office of Public Works in 2016, and a prioritised programme of national flood works will be then drawn up.

Detailed surveying has been carried out in the Glenflesk area, on the Cork side of Killarney, and public consultation will take place in the new year.

Large amounts of land in the area are also frequently flooded.

Meanwhile, flood prevention work is soon due to commence on the Cullowa River, near Rathmore, Co Kerry.

A sum of €40,000 has been allocated under the minor flood mitigation scheme and work will include the removal of trees, shrubbery and obstructions in the river.

Local residents have complained for many years that their properties are under threat from flooding.

It is hoped that relief work on the Cullowa River will start next month, or early in the 2014.


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