Portlaoise must guard against floods

FOLLOWING the heavy monsoon like rain that led to serious flash floods at Harpur’s Lane/Knockmay, O’Moore Place and Liogard, a local representative has called on Portlaoise Town Council ‘to carry out preventative maintenance’ to avoid future flooding in the area.

FOLLOWING the heavy monsoon like rain that led to serious flash floods at Harpur’s Lane/Knockmay, O’Moore Place and Liogard, a local representative has called on Portlaoise Town Council ‘to carry out preventative maintenance’ to avoid future flooding in the area.

Sinn Féin’s Cllr Caroline Dwane added, “Thankfully due to the swift response of the fire services and other Council staff water didn’t enter any dwellings but it did flow into Dunne’s Stores on the Mountmellick Road and the Arus Eoghain Centre in O’Moore Place.”

She believes that owing to the increasing frequency of extreme weather events ‘preventative maintenance is necessary’ to avert serious flooding.

“If this flooding can happen in August, we must prepared for more heavier and prolonged rainfall over the coming winter.”

And Cllr Dwane is calling for a proactive Council approach to the issue. “The clearing of roadside gullies and culverts, such as those at Harpurs Lane and Clonrooske Abbey is necessary if future flooding is to be avoided. This will not just save houses and properties from flood damage but also prevent potential damage to roads.”