By Bryan T. Smyth
There have been calls for an independent enquiry into what caused last weeks
floods in Blackpool, Cork.
A short City Council report given to Councillors
blames blocked trash screens and NOT reduced culvert capacity
But Fine Gael Cllr Patricia Gosch says it was a man-made flood because
15 tonnes rock or “bollards” were left in the river after engineering works
on a pedestrian bridge and these acted like a dam.
Cork City carried out those works, so Cllr Gosch says the Council should
pay compensation, and do so immediately.
Cllr Tommy Gould walked out of last nights City Council
meeting in protest at a lack of action by the local authority
The Sinn Fein rep is also angry with the OPW who still haven’t
released a report into the previous Blackpool
floods of nine months ago.
Fianna Fail Cllr Ken O’Flynn asked the City Manager for a rates
reduction for businesses in Blackpool
but the Manager said that is “not the practice” of the Council.
A delegation of Blackpool residents will travel to Dublin tomorrow
to meet OPW Minister of State Brian Hayes to discuss flood prevention plans.