Councillors are unanimous today in calling for an increase in ground staff at Kerry County Council.
The calls come on foot of flooding in recent days. The work of Kerry County Council over the last number of days was acknowledged by councillors, but the pressure on the staff was also pointed out. Many councillors also mentioned the need for river dredging and remedial works including keeping gullies and the eyes of bridges clear, but said a reduced staff is preventing this. The lack of implementation of the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management study (CFRAM) was also noted. In response CEO Moire Murrell says Municpal District mangers will review priorities for the coming year as part of the budget plan. She also said that on foot of the weather warning a lot of work was done on clearing gullies and said a good job was done under the circumstances.
Traffic problems on the county’s roads are starting to ease this afternoon, following a night of heavy rain, which made driving conditions treacherous due to surface water.
Gardai in Tralee are asking motorists to avoid the area on the main Tralee to Castlemaine road, around the Cuildidin Nursing Home as it’s heavily flooded at present. A number of cars have already been submerged by water in this area. Trucks and larger vehicles can get through, but drivers of standard-sized cars should avoid the area and follow the diversion signs. Gardai are also advising motorists to drive carefully in the Causeway area, where heavy flooding left some roads impassable earlier today.