Mudslide at pools but clean-up is under way
THE Killarney Pool has come out the worst after flood-waters hit the town last week.
The greatest amount of silt in memory has been dumped in the pool area leaving a mass of sludge and muck.
"The pool area is in such a mess that the pool will need to be closed for at least one week," said the council's manager of facilities and recreational development Greg Thouard.
"We estimate that there could be a up to a metre of mud in the deepest part of the pool," Mr Thouard said.
While council staff have already started the clean-up, the council is working to get a sludge pump in for the main pool to clear out the mud.
The council will also utilise a mini-excavator to clean the mud away from grounds, which is estimated to be 200mm thick in most parts.
To help out while the pool is closed, WIRAC will be offering free admission to its pools (excluding the hydrotherapy pool) to Killarney residents, with proof of residency required.
WIRAC centre manager Don Warrener will also be in touch with Killarney schools to ascertain whether there are any school swimming programs needing to be accommodated while the Killarney Pool is closed.
"We are trying to help out as much as we can," Mr Thouard said. "The free swim option will hopefully alleviate the inconvenience of having to travel to swim."
Council will advise when the Killarney Pool is ready for reopening.