Glenflesk flooding problems won't be addressed until at least 2016
WORK to address persistent flooding in the Glenflesk area, which regularly leads to traffic restrictions on the busy N22 Kerry - Cork road, won't be considered until at least 2016.
Even then there is no certainty that the job will proceed at all as 2016 is just the date when Flood Risk Management Plans are to be completed before the OPW prepares a prioritised programme of national flood works.
The most recent flooding incident at Garries occurred on October 25, resulting in one lane on the N22 being closed.
Following several incidents in recent years, the OPW has agreed to include an area upstream of Glenflesk village as far as Poulgorm Bridge as part of its south western flood study.
The area includes the townlands of Garries, Inch and Foiladown which frequently suffer flooding but the project is unsuitable for 'Minor Flood Mitigation' funding due to the scale of the project.
Detailed surveying has been carried out, however, and flood modelling and mapping is due for completion in the coming weeks. Public consultation is to take place in the spring and it's only following this that the OPW will make a decision on the inclusion of the area for the final stages of the Flood Risk Management Plans. Those plans are due for completion in early 2016.
Cllr Danny Healy Rae said the work needs to be prioritised to alleviate the fears of local residents.