Flood defence measures identified in Laois towns in wake of recent flooding

Conor Ganly

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Kevin Boxer Moran, Charlie Flanagan and Padraig Fleming in Mountmellick. Pic: Kevin Byrne

Fllood walls and embankments have been identified as being needed to prevent a repeat of flooding that caused extensive damage in Laois towns in November, according to Laois TD Charlie Flanagan.

Flooding on November 22 and 23, particularly in the Mountmellick, Clonaslee and Portarlington areas, caused extensive damage. The Minister for Justice said he has received a commitment that preventative measures are needed.

Minister Flanagan said he met with Minister of State (for Flood Relief) Mr Kevin Moran on the night of the flooding to devise a plan to deal with the issues in these towns and to put in place a long term solution to ensure that flooding of this magnitude does not occur again in these areas. He said Minister Moran visited Mountmellick in the aftermath of the flooding to see the devastation first hand. 

Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) has examined flood risk in the towns of Mountmellick and Portarlington and has identified proposed feasible measures to protect properties assessed as being at risk. 

“This entails the construction of flood defences, consisting of embankments and walls. The OPW has consulted with communities in Mountmellick and Portarlington to ensure their knowledge, views and concerns in relation to flood risk are taken on board. “

Minister Flanagan said Laois County Council and the OPW are working together to examine the best way to address urgently the flooding problem in the towns through the Minor Works Scheme.

"I have been assured by Minister Moran and his Department that necessary resources will be provided to ensure these works are carried out," promised Minister Flanagan.

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