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Thursday 18 September 2014

Flooding stream a 'disaster' situation

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 13/02/2014 | 05:26

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Mossie Brosnan, Lighthouse, Ballydesmond, beside the stream that flooded the family home during the recent torrential rainfall.

Increased flooding of a stream in Ballydesmond is now a 'disaster' situation for a nearby resident and his 83-year old mother - who are considering abandoning their home.

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Increased flooding of a stream in Ballydesmond is now a 'disaster' situation for a nearby resident and his 83-year old mother - who are considering abandoning their home.

A 'glaise', or stream, which is flowing past the Ballydesmond man's yard results in a swell of water during periods of heavy rain, which enters his cottage and floods his septic tank.

Mossie Brosnan of the lighthouse, Ballydesmond, who lives with his 83 year-old mother, Bridget, said the severe flooding is having a seriously detrimental effect on them.

He explained that many years ago, Cork County Council built a bridge across the stream, which is at the bottom of Mr Brosnan's yard, and it's his only way of getting into and out of his property.

However, when flood from the stream comes out over the bridge, which doesn't have any parapet walls, it comes straight into his yard, and even into the cottage where he lives in with mother.

"The flooding has got much worse in the last two years as the river is rising and this is having a huge effect on us," said Mr Brosnan.

He said when his yard floods it also fills up his septic tank, which has to be pumped out.

"This is a disaster. Water has come into the porch twice at about three o'clock in the morning. The flooding is definitely getting a lot worse, " he said.

Many years ago, he built a wall at the bottom of his yard. The wall is three foot high on one side but there is a drop of about six feet at the other side. But he said the water comes out over the wall and floods his yard and makes its way into his cottage.

If the floods come when he is away from the cottage, as has happened, he has had to sleep in his jeep as he cannot get over the bridge.

"There is up to four feet of water - sometimes a lot more.

"The bridge doesn't have a wall, which also makes it very dangerous. I've no choice but to sleep in my jeep," he said.

When there is very heavy rain, he said, he is on "tenderhooks," as he has to stay up and watch out for floods.

"My mother is 83 years old and if she needed a doctor, or if we needed an ambulance or fire brigade, they cannot get into us, because of the flooding. If this keeps going on then I'll just have to get out of the place because of the flooding problem. I've lived there all my life," said Mr Brosnan.

Mr Brosnan's plight was raised by Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) at the Kanturk area meeting on Friday last.

"Something will have to be done for Mossie and his mother," said Cllr Collins.

"This flooding is an act of God and it is not their fault. It's not their fault that their septic tank keeps flooding."

"This is a serious issue as the bridge simply cannot take this level of water.

"It's Mossie and his mother who are suffering because of this."

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