‘Pay victims of man-made floods’ says Limerick councillor

Waterways Ireland must compensate Limerick residents for flooding in the Corbally area of the city, a local councillor has claimed.

‘Pay victims of man-made floods’ says Limerick councillor

Homeowners in Richmond Park are asking for answers after flooding wreaked havoc in the area.

Some 14 houses were flooded and five cars parked on College Park Road in Corbally were submerged in water after the canal burst its banks on Saturday night.

Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan said Waterways Ireland’s failure to monitor the Canal Bank caused the serious flood in Corbally on Saturday.

“This was not an act of God or freak of nature,” he said. “Rather, it was something which could have been easily avoided. I am in no doubt it was primarily caused by the ineptitude of Waterways Ireland.”

There had been warnings about rising canal levels in the area since Wednesday. On Thursday, the canal gates at nearby Lock Quay were partially opened to relieve rising water levels.

However, these gates were closed again when the water levels dropped.

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