Wednesday 26 July 2017

Flood funds cut despite last year's big washout

Mary and Michael Keenan return to their house last year to see what damage was caused by floods in Caherlea, Claregalway, Co Galway
Mary and Michael Keenan return to their house last year to see what damage was caused by floods in Caherlea, Claregalway, Co Galway
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

TOWNS devastated by flooding last year can expect another winter washout after money for flood defence schemes was cut.

Despite promises that defence works would be carried out in at-risk areas, funding has been reduced by almost 20pc. Just €41.8m will be spent next year on new flood defences, down from €51m in 2010.

The move comes despite the Office of Public Works knowing since 2003 that more than 300 locations across the country were susceptible to flooding.

The total funding for flood defence schemes is €68.1m, down from €79.6m.

The cut in funding comes despite the Government announcing in the summer that €480m would be spent up to 2016 on flood relief.

Years of under-spending resulted in devastating damage last November.

The insurance claims alone amounted to €250m as Cork City was devastated with widespread flooding in Carlow, Galway, Clare, Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary and Westmeath.

Irish Independent

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