Over four million euro worth of flood damage in Kerry infrastructure

Over four million euro worth of damage was caused to public infrastructure in Kerry during storms in December. Flooding The cost of staff to help deal with these events was almost 407,000 euro. The figures have been revealed at the monthly meeting of Tralee Municipal District as part of a review of the local authority’s response to three major weather warning events last month. On December 4th and 5th a code red rainfall warning saw the highest water level recorded on the gauge on the River Lee at Ballymullen, Tralee since it’s installation in 1975. Water levels in Glenflesk equated to a 1 in 1,000 flooding event and flooding in Kenmare was in line with previous events. During the three major weather warnings in December the council’s Severe Weather Response plan was implemented. 250 staff from the local authority, fire services and civil defence were tasked to respond to flooding in the county. Around 18,000 sandbags were filled and distributed. 17 homes were evacuated; residents of 15 of those have since returned home. 48 houses were flooded but habitable. 506 houses were inaccessible due to flooded roads and 24 businesses were flooded. Councillors paid tribute to staff but called on council management to take action to prevent a repeat of the flooding witnessed and to listen to planners who warn against zoning land for housing.