Clonakilty Mayor calls for action after third flood in 2012

Thursday 11 October 2012 20.35
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Clonakilty was also flooded in June and August
Clonakilty was also flooded in June and August
A section of the M6 will be under traffic management due to a mudslide
A section of the M6 will be under traffic management due to a mudslide

The Mayor of Clonakilty has called for action to be taken to tackle the town's flooding problems.

Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin was speaking after heavy rain caused a number of streets in the town to flood for the third time this year.

Last night's flooding was not on the same scale as floods in June and August, but Cllr O Súilleabháin said local people remained fearful that there could be a reoccurrence.

Heavy rain flooded Casement Street and Wolfe Tone Street in the early hours of this morning, although just one building is understood to have sustained flood damage.

The heavy rain is understood to have flooded the local River Feale, inundating the town's sewerage system in places.

The flood water receded within around an hour.

Elsewhere, heavy rain caused flooding in a number of homes and a primary school in Athlone.

Meanwhile, motorists were warned about delays on the Galway to Dublin road near Athlone because of a mudslide in the area earlier.

Roscommon County Council told RTÉ News that the section of the M6 Motorway/Athlone Bypass affected by the mudslide will be under traffic management from 7pm.

One lane will be closed on the east bound road between junction 13/Monksland Exit and junction 12/Roscommon Exit.

The road will remain under traffic management until 17 October and will continue to operate on one lane.