Councillor calls for swift action on River Flesk

The people of Foiladonn will be drowned if the N22 road will be raised any further. Flooding in Castleisland, January 24th, 2014. Photo taken by Barbara Podraza. That’s according the Cllr Danny Healy Rae who has asked that Kerry County Council, the NRA, the OPW and the Department of the Environment clear bushes, trees and all obstructions in the River Flesk. He also asked that the eyes of Curreal and Gortahoosh bridges be cleared. In response Kerry County Council says a CFRAM study is being carried out by the OPW which is the lead agency responsible for flood management. Glenflesk village has been identified under the CFRAM study as an area at risk of flooding from the River Flesk, however Foiladonn is not an area of further assessment as there is not enough properties at risk of flooding. The study however acknowledges that access to Foiladonn is restricted during periods of flooding. Cllr Healy Rae said work needs to be done now and suggested the use of forestry machines to remove trees from the river. He also asked that the road in Foiladonn be put on the roads programme to ensure the 14 families affected have access to their homes. Council engineer David Doyle said while the council is responsible for bridges landowners are responsible for clear rivers on their land between bridges.