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Seven Limerick properties flooded due to ‘extreme weather event’

THE COUNCIL has found no issues with the drainage network in Cappamore after businesses and homes in the Limerick village were flooded.

A total of seven properties were affected, earlier this month, after “monsoon rain” in the area and across county Limerick.

The quick response of council staff and Cappamore firefighters prevented more damage being caused.

A council spokesperson said the recent flooding in Cappamore was due to an extreme weather event which involved high intensity rainfall over a short duration.

“This caused localised flooding on Lower Main Street and Moore Street in Cappamore. Seven properties in the village and the surrounding area were affected by the localised flooding.

“Roads crews from Limerick City and County Council responded to the flooding incident immediately on being alerted (on Sunday afternoon, September 10).”

They continued: “Thereafter, the Cappamore roads maintenance team carried out an inspection of the drainage network in the village and found no issues.”

Cappamore was known as a flooding blackspot but locals thought those days were behind them after a major flood relief scheme was put in place around the village back in the 1990s.

Cllr John Egan said there was an awful lot of damage done and a big clean-up ensued.

“One of the houses had never flooded before. There was at least a foot and a half of water on main street. It flooded the sewerage system and came up some toilets. It came in from the back too - just flowed in. The damage done in some of the houses and businesses is ureal,” said Cllr Egan.

The Fine Gael councillor and farmer said the rain that fell in the best part of half an hour was unbelievable.

“We had it in Boher. I never saw the likes of it before. There was flooding in Doon as well, in Caherconlish it came down the main street the same as a river. Newcastle West was badly hit too. It was everywhere,” said Cllr Egan, who praised the council and fire brigade for their fast response.

He said some people are blaming the work that was carried out during the summer on a bridge in Cappamore but Cllr Egan doesn’t think the new bridge was the cause of it at all.

“It was the heavy rain - it was monsoon rain,” said Cllr Egan, who along with Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan met with engineers the day after.

Cllr Egan called for a plan to be put in place to see how this could be avoided in the future.

Fellow councillor, Martin Ryan was in the village when the flooding happened and raised the alarm with council staff and Cappamore fire station.

“I have never, ever seen Moore Street flooded and the water coming around the corner and going down main street.

“The Mulcair Relief Scheme built around the village was done to prevent the water coming from the river up onto the street but the night of the flooding it was the opposite problem - it couldn’t get from the street down to the river quick enough.

“It was coming so hard down Main Street the drains were not able to take it away,” said Cllr Ryan.

The Fianna Fail councillor also complimented the response of council staff and Cappamore’s firefighters.

“They were fantastic. It shows the importance of our retained firefighters and how they need to be looked after the way they should be looked after. They prevented more flooding of properties - they were out with their pumps,” said Cllr Ryan.

The Cappamore councillor said it was freak flash flooding but there is a job of work to be done in the event of it happening again to get the water from the main street into the flood relief scheme built around the village.

“It will need a joint effort with the Office of Public Works and the council to come up with a plan to prevent it from happening again,” concluded Cllr Ryan.