Dara Park flooding response plan call

Recent flooding at Dara Park Newbridge. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.

Recent flooding at Dara Park Newbridge. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.

A local Newbridge area councillor has slammed Kildare County Councils poor reaction following the recent incident of severe flooding in Dara Park on Sunday, May 25 last.

Cllr Paddy Kennedy said the most recent flooding event was not reacted to appropriately by the Council and he claims this suggests that a response plan needs to be put in place for further events.

“I suggest the installation of flood barriers to protect homes and gardens in all dwelling that are under treat from potential future flooding,” he added.

“The provision of a generator powered pump arrangement to be set up on site in the event of an emergency call out. He also called for the clarification as to the role of the Area Engineering staff will play in future flooding events outside office hours

Joe Boland, Director of Services, Water and Environmental Services in response said that both the council’s roads and water services departments have been carrying out extensive examinations into the cause of flooding problems in Dara park and the matter has been prioritised.

“At this point the fundamental causes have been identified and, subject to procurement and design, it is expected that remedial work can commence in approximately two months. Such works relate to upgrading elements of the surface water system as well as effecting other improvements within the catchments. It should also be noted that significant remedial works were also carried out in respect of the surface water system in recent months. In addition, the water services department arranged a general clean up of flood debris following the most recent unfortunate event. The council is confident that these proposed measures will effectively address the current problems and there should be no need for flood barriers and pumps.”




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