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Wednesday, 6th November 2019

Council to consult Irish Water on Donore Road flooding

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Flooding at the Donore Road at the Bus Station is not a new phenomenon, this picture was taken in October 2011 and there have been many recurrences since then. Photo: Fran Caffrey

Over the years the Donore Road beside the bus depot has been the site of serious flooding on many occasions and it is becoming more frequent in recent times.

The issue was raised at Monday’s Borough District of Drogheda meeting by Mayor Paul Bell and he was told that the Council will liaise with Irish Water to seek a solution to the problem.

Cllr. Bell pointed out that this area, and many other locations around Drogheda, had suffered from flooding in recent weeks and that it now seemed to be happening more regularly.

“Up to a few years ago it was happening maybe two or three times a year, now it seems that every second or third week Council staff are out trying to clear what is one of the main traffic arteries in the town.”

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Council Senior Executive Officer, Paddy Donnelly, said that Irish Water is progressing plans to carry out the necessary works to alleviate the flooding but he warned that the job will be quite complex given the location and depth of the pipe in what is an urban environment.

Cllr. Bell sought assurances that the Council would put pressure on Irish Water to ensure that the appropriate measures would be taken as soon as possible and also asked if any interim measures could be taken. “Last week the whole town was log-jammed because this junction flooded so quickly” he said.

Cllr. Pio Smith, who seconded the motion, said that Irish Water needed to look at the “antiquated” drain infrastructure of the whole town while Cllr. Paddy McQuillan said: "we can’t have the Donore Road closing so frequently. “It’s too important a road.” 

Cllr. James Byrne wondered if it was worth convening a meeting with Irish Water on the issue saying: “We need to apply united political pressure on them.”

Senior Executive Officer, Paddy Donnelly said that the drain at Donore Road is one of the older drains in the town and that it catered for both surface (rain) water and domestic drainage. “I know Irish Water are well aware of the issue but I’m not sure if it has been costed” he said

“Well, it’s certainly worth having a conversation with them, such is the frequency of the flooding”, Cllr. Bell concluded.

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