Cork South West Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan has received confirmation from Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, that his department will provide assistance to Cork County Council for the repairs to the road network following last week’s damaging floods.
After initial devastation on Thursday morning, Rosscarbery, Dunmanway, Rathbarry, Owenahincha, Glandore, Drimoleague and Connonagh were hit by more heavy rains on Saturday, which compounded the already substantial damage.
Following visits to several flood effected properties last week, Deputy O’Sullivan spoke at length with Taoiseach Micheál Martin about the impact of the damaging floods.
“The Taoiseach and I spoke at length and I made him fully aware of the damage and devastation for home owners and to businesses,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.
“I want to commend emergency services and Cork County Council staff who have been excellent in their response.”
Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan, is expected to visit flood impacted areas on Tuesday.
“I welcome that visit as the repair effort will involve several departments,” Deputy O’Sullivan said.
“The flooding has been extremely tough for businesses and families already under immense pressure because of the pandemic.
“While obviously this is an extreme weather event, I also think there is also not enough outdoor staff available at Cork County Council cleaning gullies and pipes. It’s all contributed to this disaster.”
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Deputy O’Sullivan talks with residents near Glandore during an inspection of flood damaged roads on Thursday.