COMPLIMENTS were flying in the direction of council road staff last week for the way they dealt with an emergency in the Blackstairs.
Cllrs. Pat Cody and Kathleen Codd Nolan joined in throwing verbal bouquets at the workers who responded to the crisis as roads were practically swept away by a deluge that last half an hour on Monday, July 9.
Cllr. Cody reported that the roads in Rossard, Cloroguemore and Ballycrystal near Kiltealy were damaged by the flood of water flowing off the mountains. However, the local authority crews responded promptly to ensure that residents were able to reach their homes by manning the pumps and by filling in the worst affected stretches with stone fetched specially from a quarry.
'Very few people would believe how extreme this incident was,' commented the Labour man who reported that, at the same time as Kiltealy was inundated, the weather was sunny in nearby Enniscorthy. He called for emergency funding to make permanent repairs to the damage carriageways.
Cllr. Codd Nolan recalled that she had been suggesting for years that the only solution was to put in concrete roads.