'People have lost acres' Rural Laois also affected by flooding say councillors

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

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Rural areas across Laois have also been affected by the flooding that took place in November according to a number of Laois councillors.

Cllr David Goodwin pointed out at the recent Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District meeting that people in rural areas have also suffered.

“I know a woman and her son’s car was washed down the road and written off. Totally lost. These are issues in the rural part of the county. People have lost acres of land, I know a farmer who has lose two acres. Not all of the issues are in urban areas, there are issues with sheds, cattle and storage,” he said.

Cllr Seamus McDonald agreed that “serious damage” was done to that particular family.

Cllr John King echoed this and said that people in rural areas have not highlighted themselves as flood victims.

“There are areas where people have not highlighted themselves because they know they will have issues with insurance,” he said.

Cllr King called for an audit to be carried out on urban and rural areas.

Cllr James Kelly requested that Laois County Council address the flooding issues at Jackie Byrnes Residence, Ringstown, Mountrath.

Laois County Council said that it will visit the location in an effort to establish the cause of the flooding and address as appropriate.

Cllr Kelly said “I have heard this before and nothing has been done, it didn’t happe.”

At the time of the meeting on December 14, Laois County Council Director of Services Donal Brennan said that the council needed to seek clarity on where it was going to receive funding to cover the cost of the recent flood in Mountmellick, Portarlington and other parts of the county.

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