*Photograph: John Mangan
O’BRIENSBRIDGE is facing “a serious issue of potential flooding” according to a local councillor.
An appeal for works to be carried out in O’Briensbridge “to prevent flooding of businesses and dwellings,” was made by Cllr Tony O’Brien (FF) at the September meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District. “Currently the storm water drain is not capable of preventing flooding,” he flagged.
Executive engineer, Declan Flanagan confirmed that staff in the Killaloe MD met with numerous property owners in O’Briensbridge “regarding issues of flooding following heavy thundery downfalls. The existing storm network in O’Briensbridge will need to be surveyed from the roadside gullies to its outfall via a CCTV survey”.
Flanagan said that the Killaloe MD would propose to carry out a CCTV survey “on this pipeline over the coming weeks. If required, this existing storm water line may need to be upgraded. Additional gullies on the street may also be required pending the outcome of the CCTV survey. The works will be subject to funding and may involve minor disruption to the traffic lights due to the vicinity of the traffic loops. Priority will be given to this issue if the results of the survey prove an underlying issue”.
Killaloe based O’Brien told the meeting, “There is a serious issue of potential flooding in O’Briensbridge, I acknowledge the surveys carried out, there is a budgetary provision. You’ve outlined what is required and nobody can disagree with that, it is down to getting the monies provided and I accept that, it is a challenge for us”.
His proposal was seconded by Cllr Pat Burke (FG).