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Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Byrne concerned about lack of drain cleaning in Drogheda

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Councillor James Byrne.

"We should at least ensure that Drogheda doesn’t flood every time we have a heavy downpour”

Councillor James Byrne raised the issue of clearing drains at the most recent meeting of Louth County Council.

He said that Senior Engineer Mark Johnston of LCC had given a commitment at the February meeting that for the first time the Council would do a comprehensive cleaning of drains and gullies throughout the town this year.

“When I asked for a progress report - having highlighted the blocked drains due to the road resurfacing on Barrack St which caused some dangerous surface water at the Bullring - I was told that the contract had gone out to tender and would commence imminently” Councillor Byrne said.

“With the adverse weather we’ve been having recently, particularly with the heavy downpours, it is essential that these works are carried out as soon as possible” he added.

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“We are now halfway through the year already. We may not be able to control the weather but we should at least ensure that Drogheda doesn’t flood every time we have a heavy downpour.”

As if to underline the point a Drogheda life reader sent in the photo below of weeds growingout of a drain in the middle of the busy road at James Street outside St. Mary's Church. 

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