FLOOD EMERGENCY PLAN ACTIVATED BUT FERMOY SPARED
Mayor of Fermoy Cllr Tadhg O’Donovan said the vulnerability of the community in Fermoy was again evident last Friday, January 30 when the victims of previous floods in the town were left helpless as rising waters threatened to burst the Blackwater's banks for a number of hours, writes Joe Leogue. While thankfully such flooding failed to materialise, the heavy rainfall prompted the activation of the flood emergency plan.
“This situation was developing while the relevant government minister sat in his ivory tower, his only consolation to the community being the numerous broken deadlines as to when the flood relief plan would be implemented,” Mayor O’Donovan said.
The mayor added that he had been in contact with Flan Groarke, senior council engineer and co-ordinator of the emergency plan in the event of flooding, to express his sincere thanks to all the emergency services including the gardai and council staff for the implementation of the emergency plan.
“While, thank God, a potential devastating flood was avoided, nevertheless the same commitment had to be exercised in the activation of the flood emergency plan,” he said, adding that recent events only reinforced the need for the Government to give immediate approval to the Office of Public Works to implement the flood relief scheme and take the community ‘out of its misery’.
Thursday 5th February 5:27pm