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A “freak shower” in Newmarket-on-Fergus last summer affected the walls and vehicles following road resurfacing work has prompted local representatives to lobby for further remedial works.

Resurfacing works were carried out on the L3162 between Monument Cross and Kilmaleery Cross an approximate 900m in August of last year. However, “various factors” have led to residents appealing that a second attempt be made on these works.

In a proposal before the Shannon Municipal District, Cllr John Crowe (FG) asked that this be completed. “The current condition of the road is a health and safety risk particularly for pedestrians and cyclists”.

Senior executive engineer, Tom Mellett said that the surface dressing of the road “meets the standard required”. He continued, “We will direct the patcher to this road when it is next in the District”.

Stones were washed off the road following heavy showers at the time the works were completed, Cllr Crowe said as he highlighted that “a lot of residents” are based at either side of the road in Urlanmore.

“There was a freak shower last year, the intensity of which was never forecast. It was one of the heaviest showers in over fifteen years, I never saw it before in my life, it was a complete freak,” Cllr Pat McMahon (FF) told a meeting of the Shannon MD.

Praise for the local authority in issuing compensation to affected residents and cleaning the walls of impacted homes was voiced by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND). He noted, “there was excessive rain and the stone didn’t get time to bed in. It does need plaining and a new surface”.

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