Portlaoise misses out on multi million grant for Laois flood relief

Mountmellick, Portarlington and Clonaslee have secured funding

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Portlaoise misses out on multi million grant for Laois flood relief

Portlaoise misses out on multi million grant for Laois flood relief

Portlaoise has missed out on securing cash for flood relief measures in the latest €9 million announcement for Laois which includes Mountmellick, Portarlington and Clonaslee.

The cost benefit of Portlaoise flood relief is not enough to develop a flood relief scheme further according to the official Flood Risk Management Plan for the Barrow River Basin.

The 151 page master plan for the Barrow River Basin was published by Minister for the Office of Public Works & Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD last week. It outlines that flood relief measures in Portlaoise would protect 63 homes from flooding, 13 commercial properties, seven social amenities, 17 transport links and one highly vulnerable property.

Despite this, the cost of carrying out the estimated €3.92 million plan needs more assessment before it can proceed and it has not yet been allocated any funding.

The plan states: “A more detailed assessment of the costs and benefits will need to be completed to determine if the proposed Scheme is feasible”.

While Rathdowney has progressed to the development of a flood relief scheme under the Nore River Basin plan, Mountrath has missed out based on the cost benefit, similar to Portlaoise.

The flood relief plan for Portarlington is to benefit 102 homes, 11 social amenities, 42 commercial properties and nine transport links. This plan was considered cost-effective enough to allocate €5.5 million to the work.

The flood relief plan for Mountmellick will benefit 41 homes, nine social amenities, five commercial properties and four transport links. Funding of €3.1 million has been allocated to carry out the work. A further €390,000 has been allocated to the Clonaslee scheme.

It is understood that a local project office will be set up by the end of May where two engineers will work on the plans for Portarlington, Mountmellick and Clonaslee. The office will be a link between Laois County Council and the Office of Public Works to carry out the work together.

The details outlined in the Flood Risk Management Plan for the Barrow River Basin or the Nore River Basin are not the finalised plan, however they are the guidelines for the budget allocation. Anyone can view the plan on www.floodinfo.ie.

Minister for the Office of Public Works & Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. launched  a ten-year programme of €1 billion in investment in flood relief measures this week.

The picture below shows a possible flood relief plan for Portlaoise taken from the official Flood Risk Management Plan for the Barrow River Basin which can be found online here. This is not a final or definite plan.

Multi million grant to Laois for flood relief schemes.

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