Wednesday 13 December 2017

Portumna waiting and preparing for the worst

Local councillor Anne Rabbitte
Local councillor Anne Rabbitte
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The Co Galway town of Portumna is playing the waiting game as the water levels of the River Shannon continue to rise. It is currently at a high risk of flooding.

There are four pumps stationed in the town as the ESB and Galway County Council focus on keeping the bridge flood-free.

The 2009 floods cut the bridge off, meaning that people travelling from north Tipperary into nearby Portumna had to complete an hour-long detour.

Local councillor Anne Rabbitte said Portumna was anticipating the worst.

"We were told initially that Thursday was our D-Day, but now we're still waiting. There is a stop-go system on the bridge, allowing just one-way traffic," she said.

"There is a two-foot gap under the bridge, still allowing the water to flow, but our problem is the water has such a slow flow that we don't know when the rush will come from upriver.

"The important thing for us is that the N65 stays open and as of now it is. We are in a better place than we were in 2009. Schools and businesses were closed off then."

She added: "Everything is still running smoothly in Portumna.

"We're not at crisis point yet but the water is continuing to rise."

Irish Independent

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