A motion before council at this months Municipal meeting of the Clonmel Borough District by Cllr Andy Moloney to open negotiations with Irish Rail regarding measures to alleviate the flooding in Kilsheelan received a comprehensive response.
Cllr Moloney had put the motion forward following recent flooding in Kilsheelan Village, Gaa grounds and Cloughcarrigeen.
The Engineers reported that approximately 4 years ago a surface water drainage pipe running under the railway line at the road crossing on the Church Road collapsed resulting in extra surface water from land on the north of Kilsheelan village running into the drainage system in the centre of the village.
The existing drainage system was unable to accept this extra water and became overwhelmed on a regular basis resulting in regular flooding. Irish Rail were requested by South Tipp Co Co to carry out works to fix this pipe and return the surface water to the land drain in which it had previously been draining to.
Unfortunately, this land drain became full to capacity during the recent flooding and overflowed into the GAA pitch and Cloughcarrigeen Estate. The surface water does not originate from the railway line and Irish Rail have been facilitating the flow of water under the railway line from North to South. An application has been completed and sent to the OPW which seeks funding under the OPW Non-Coastal Minor works scheme to install pipe work which will drain this open channel through the estate and into the River Suir. Cllr Moloney said that it was a very difficult period for residents while trying to keep the floods at bay and hopefully these measures will give some reassurance that the issues are been followed up