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Raising of Kildysart embankment needed to prevent flooding of two houses

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Flooding of two Kildsyart houses can be prevented by the opening of a stream, a local representative has flagged in calling for necessary works to be carried out.

Raising of the embankment on the upstream side of the bridge on the R437 immediately west of Kildysart village was sought by Cllr PJ Kelly (FF) to prevent flooding to two adjacent houses. The motion was seconded by Cllr Bill Chambers (FF).

An application, if the area is deemed to be suitable by the capital project management office will be made to the Office of Public Works for a minor works scheme to be completed.

Senior executive engineer, Alan Kennelly detailed that the embankment was located between the river and a private roadway. Funding for such minor works flood relief scheme projects falls under the remit of the OPW.

Speaking at the November meeting of the West Clare Municipal District, Cllr Kelly stated that the stream “hasn’t been opened for a number of years”. He detailed that when the tide backs up it results in the flooding of two houses.

“It is not a costly job, a traditional man with a digger could solve the job in one day,” he believed. “These people are paying their property tax, the issue should be dealt with,” the Lissycasey representative added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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