By Dan Walsh
With the latest update on the Enniscorthy Flood Relief Scheme dominating local news headlines it is a relief to learn that Enniscorthy escaped without panic or emergency action following the weekend’s heavy downpours. No need for sandbags along Templeshannon Quay on this occasion.
The River Slaney was high at Rafter Bridge and flowing fast today, however, it never threatened to rise above the quayside. Parts of the island, north of the town, were flooded, while much of the Bear Meadows, south of Enniscorthy, were also under a considerable amount of water, however, this occurrence is not unusual.
North Wexford was badly hit by flash flooding on Saturday morning, but reports suggest that all waters subsided fairly quickly and no further flooding was reported. Some bridges are subject to inspection under health and safety.
Wexford County Council adopted bye-laws at the Council meeting held on December 14th to regulate the use of Piers, Harbours and Car Parking Areas under its custody and control at Arthurstown Slipway, Barrystown Slipway, Ballyhack Harbour, Cahore Pier, Carne Pier, Courtown Harbour, Duncannon Harbour, Fethard Harbour, Kilmore Quay Harbour, New Ross Marina and Town Quay, Rosslare Strand Moorings, Slade Harbour, St. Helen’s Pier and Wexford Harbour. The bye-laws are available to view and download from Wexford County Council’s website at www.wexfordcoco.ie/