Weather takes toll locally

Heavy rain and stormy weather have played havoc with road conditions throughout Co. Roscommon over the past week.

  Vast swathes of land have become flooded, with storms Abigail and Barney proving that winter has well and truly arrived.

  Since last weekend, bad flooding has developed on the Roscommon Road, just outside Strokestown, while the nearby areas of Rooskey, Kilglass, Tarmonbarry and Kiltrustan have also been badly affected.

  Some roads were also flooded in Monksland, while there was some spot flooding in the Ballaghaderreen area.

  Some 25,000 homes were left without power overnight on Tuesday/Wednesday, but an ESB spokesperson said that there were “no major outages in Roscommon”.

  Roscommon Gardaí reported that a tree was blown down in Clonark on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured.

  Castlerea Gardaí reported no weather-related incidents.

  Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said that the recent flooding in the region was due to the authorities’ failure to properly clean local rivers.

  “The reasons for this failure are partly bad EU law and fundamental environmentalism which prevents rivers being cleaned up and this serious issue must be addressed immediately,” he said.

  He said that he had written to the Office of Public Works and Roscommon and Galway county councils over the matter.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice added: “I have asked them to outline their plans to clean our major rivers because the build-up of silt is now a major contributory factor in this serious flooding in counties Longford, Leitrim, Roscommon, Galway Westmeath and Offaly.”