Thursday 18 December 2014

€40m works pledged but not yet delivered

Published 05/02/2014 | 02:30

New Ross, Co Wexford where flooding occured. Picture: Patrick Browne
New Ross, Co Wexford where flooding occured. Picture: Patrick Browne

The town of Enniscorthy in Co Wexford gets an unwelcome Christmas present every year when the River Slaney bursts its banks and floods the town's promenade and quays.

Melting snow from the Wicklow mountains and run-off from heavy rain – coupled with tidal surges – conspire to flood the area, with a population of about 10,000, every December, said local town and county councillor Keith Doyle.

And while the town council has been earmarked €40m by the State for flood protection, it is still waiting for the flood alleviation works to be put in place, he said. "It's an annual threat," he added.

While the council did provide some funding for about a hundred at-risk homes and business to install their own flood barriers, "it's only a temporary stop gap", he told the Irish Independent.

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