By Dan Walsh
Public representatives from the Rosslare District were voiciferous at this week’s Special Meeting of Wexford County Council, held via Microsoft Teams, in relation to Christmas Day flooding in south Wexford and calls were made to meet with Office of Public Works and concerns were expressed about protection of the low-lying flood plains in the area and action on a drainage programme.
Cllr Lisa McDonald put forward a successful motion (seconded by Cllr Jim Codd); “Calling upon Wexford County Council to amend their flood plan immediately to include a new flood response plan for three villages in the Rosslare District; Bridgetown, Wellingtonbridge and Duncormick.”
“I was glad that my motion was passed at yesterday’s meeting”, Cllr. McDonald said, “It called upon Wexford County Council to amend their flood plan immediately to include a new flood response plan for three villages in the Rosslare District; Bridgetown, Wellingtonbridge and Duncormick.
“The motion that I presented also stated that flood alleviation measures should be actioned in the aforementioned villages immediately,” she added.
At the meeting, a graph was presented which showed that Johnstown Castle experienced its highest level of rainfall over a 24-hour period on Christmas Day 2021 since records began in the 1940’s.
“This weather event caused considerable damage to homes, businesses and roads and it is vitally important that we take necessary action now to prevent what was experienced in the Rosslare District on Christmas Day from happening again.
“I would encourage all home-owners and businesses affected to apply for aid through the schemes that have been opened by the government as soon as possible”, Cllr. McDonald concluded.