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WATER PONDING is causing “a lot of damage to vehicles” in South Clare with the effects reducing the visibility of potholes, a Shannon councillor has cautioned.

Drainage works on the R463 at O’Donoghue’s Bridge in Cratloe and Guerin’s Bridge in Sixmilebridge were sought by Cllr PJ Ryan (IND) “to relieve water ponding in the interest of safety”.

Senior executive engineer with the Shannon Municipal District, Tom Mellett said their office has “responded to water pooling at these locations and carried out measures to alleviate the situation”.

Cllr Ryan admitted to being slightly uneasy with the response, “I’m not one hundred percent sure I’m all out happy with the reply”. He suggested the installation of a drain be considered due to the extent of water pooling following periods of heavy rain.

“When water is pooling, there is a lot of damage to vehicles because potholes on the road are not visible,” Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND) commented. He said when such occurrences are brought to him by constituents that he is left with little option but to tell them to put in a claim to Clare County Council, “whether ye contest it or not is up to ye”.

Flynn added, “Global warming is being used too loosely to address proactivity and seeing what we can do, going in immediately to clean out areas will have an effect in the short-term but not the long-term”.
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