Mountmellick flood support group start a petition to get answers

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Mountmellick flood support group start a petition to get answers

The Mountmellick Flood Community Support group is starting a petition on behalf of Mountmellick people to address concerns about flooding and a lack of detailed information coming from relevant authorities.

The group intend to present this petition to Laois County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW).

Member of the group have said that they will invite these parties to a public meeting where they will have the opportunity to answer specific questions and address the concerns of the townspeople in "an open and accountable manner".

Laois fire service and county council staff respond to stream of flooding incidents.

The group was established in response to the flood that occurred in Mountmellick on November 22 and have worked tirelessly to fix homes and help people affected by the flood in any way they can.

It has established a strong community Facebook page that has become a local hub of sharing information on flood related updates in the town.

The latest post on this Facebook group is looking for people to share the kind of questions they want to ask the local authority and OPW.

Earlier this week, senior staff at Laois County Council and officials from OPW met in Mountmellick to get to know the layout of the area for future plans.

No public representatives or members of the community were at the meeting.

Leinster Express requested an update from this meeting from both Laois County Council and the OPW. 

The same response was received from both bodies.

"A report on the outcome of the meeting will be presented to the Cathaoirleach and Members of Laois Co Council at the January monthly meeting of the Council," they stated.

The people of Mountmellick have decided that they need answers and are starting a petition to get them.

Visit the Facebook page here.

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