Bandon on alert as problems with flooding resurface

Three years after the flood that devastated Bandon in Nov 2009, the town was once again on alert yesterday for serious flooding.

However, while the River Bandon burst its banks forcing the closure of the main N71 West Cork highway, near the roundabout by Kevin O’Leary’s car dealership, there was nothing on the scale of the 2009 disaster.

Traffic was diverted but flooding did not threaten homes, according to county engineer Noel O’Keeffe.

He said the council had escalated the flood alert warnings from low to serious risk over a 12-hour period following the extreme weather conditions on Sunday but that by 9pm last night, the water levels were dropping.

However the footbridge near Clúid Housing in Bandon town was closed because of the sheer flow of water. Mr O’Keeffe said if the weather forecast was correct, the town would be spared serious flooding.

Mr O’Keeffe said Thursday looked “decidedly iffy”.

He encouraged people to register with bandonfloodwarning.ie, which alerts registered members of the public to a potential flood, based on monitored water level data along the Bandon river.

Clonakilty in West Cork also escaped flooding last night. Town mayor Cionnaith O’Súilleabháin said regular maintenance carried out by the council on the drainage system appeared to have worked, keeping water off the streets.

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