FLOODING: Four Cork community bodies align to form flood-relief group

Four community organisations in east Cork have joined to form a new action group in response to public damage and flood risks.

Representatives from the Castlemartyr, Mogeely, Ladysbridge and Ballymacoda community councils have established the Womagh, Kiltha and District Community Response Group, at a meeting at Castlemartyr Resort complex. Killeagh Community Council has also been invited to join.

The action was prompted by frustration with the lack of an official emergency plan during the flood crisis, which decimated homes and roads in the Castlemartyr area.

The new group is “a community-led relief, assistance and recovery response to natural events and other emergencies”.

Its spokeswoman, Michelle O’Donovan, of Castlemartyr Community Council, said the meeting agreed a three-pronged approach.

Members will conduct an assessment of the needs of those whose homes were flooded, with a Facebook page inviting donations of material and skills to meet specific requirements.

It will correspond with Cork county councillors, officials, engineers, TDs, and “all relevant bodies”. It will assess the short- and long-term plans to address flood risk and the possible responses, including traffic management.

While praising the reaction of roads engineer, Dave Clarke, those at the meeting were critical of the county council’s general response as the crisis hit.

The group is also planning to set up a flooding rapid-response team.

“We hope to acquire a large container to fill with materials, such as sandbags, oilskins, wellies, torches, signage, shovels, batteries, hi-viz jackets and so on,” said Ms O’Donovan.

A list of volunteer JCB owner/drivers, farmers with tractors and slurry tanks and residents generally available to respond is being compiled.

www.castlemartyrcommunity.muinir.ie; Facebook: Castlemartyr Community-Council; 087-9242921

More on this topic

Hundreds still waiting for flood relief fundingHundreds still waiting for flood relief funding

Most in favour of state-back insurance fund to help weather victimsMost in favour of state-back insurance fund to help weather victims

€106m set aside to fix roads damaged in recent floods€106m set aside to fix roads damaged in recent floods

Government announces plan for new group to combat  River Shannon floodingGovernment announces plan for new group to combat River Shannon flooding


Lifestyle

The incredible life of Ireland’s first celebrity chef has been turned into a play, writes Colette SheridanHow Maura Laverty cooked up a storm

Their paths first crossed on the top floor of the library at University College Cork in October 2010 when both were students there so Amy Coleman and Steven Robinson were delighted to retrace their footsteps on their big day.Wedding of the Week: College sweethearts open new chapter

Peter Dowdall reveals why all roads will lead to Tullow in County Carlow on February 1Snowdrop patrol: Why all roads will lead to County Carlow

I’ve been seeing my boyfriend for a year and we still only have sex at his place because he insists on freshly laundered, ironed sheets on a perfectly-made bed. We both have to shower first. Why can’t he cope with messy spontaneity and my untidy bedroom?Sex Files: Why can’t he cope with messy spontaneity?

More From The Irish Examiner