Graig residents in limbo as flooding continues

Cllr Tommy Prendergast is calling once again for the flood relief scheme to be implemented in Graignamanagh after the River Barrow burst its banks last week.

“The residents of Barrow Lane and the Quay are at the mercy of the Barrow, with no flood defence and with no way of insuring their homes against flood, I am caling on the ther minister for the environment, Phil hogan to come down and see the devestation for himself,” Cllr Prendergast said.

“Every time this river floods they are in limbo. Since I was co-opted on to Kilkenny County Council, I have been calling for the scheme to be implemented but to no avail. It seems now that the cost of the scheme will be a lot more than anticipated, and it’s a matter for the OPW.

“This is little comfort for the residents of Barrow Lane and the Quay, so therefore I am calling on the council and the OPW to take immediate action and remedy the problem of the Barrow and the Duiske rivers.

The Office of Public works has identified 12 areas at risk from flooding: Ballyhale, Ballyragget, Callan, Fiddown, Freshford, Graignamanagh, Inistioge, the Breagagh in Kilkenny city, Mullinvat, Piltown and Thomastown.