Friday 22 September 2017

The flooding blackspots: what has been done since last winter's devastation

Local authority: Carlow

Last winter: Carlow town centre was closed. Serious flooding in Leighlinbridge and Tinnahinch.

Action: Carlow town flood relief scheme under construction. Applications submitted for funding for works at Tullow, Ballymurphy, Leighlinbridge and Tinnahinch.

Local authority: Clare

Last winter: Ennis worst affected after the Fergus burst its banks at the Club Bridge.

Action: Ennis flood relief scheme phase 1 complete. Phase 2 starting August 2010.

Local authority: Cork

Last winter: Extensive flooding in Cork city, Skibbereen and Bandon as the River Lee burst its banks.

Action: Risk study carried out.

Local authority: Dublin City

Last winter: Local flooding in low-lying areas. Burst river banks in some suburbs.

Action: Flood schemes for Clontarf and Pearse Street area to begin next year. Flood defences for Sandymount designed. A scheme for the River Dodder is at public consultation stage. Underground rivers to be assessed next week.

Local authority: Galway

Last winter: Parts of Galway city and county badly flooded, particularly Ballinasloe, Claregalway and Gort.

Action: Responsibility is with the Office of Public Works. It has not indicated any major schemes are in planning.

Local authority: Kerry

Last winter: Lakes of Killarney overflowed, flooding hotels and guesthouses.

Action: Studies being carried out at Kenmare, Sneem, Milltown and Glenflesk.

Local authority: Kildare

Last winter: Parts of Sallins under five feet of water. Ballymore Eustace, Kilcullen, Newbridge, Clane, Straffan, Celbridge and Leixlip flooded from the Liffey.

Action: Phase 2 of Sallins scheme to start in the autumn. Works at Confey, Newtown, Ardclough and Clane out to tender.

Local authority: Kilkenny

Last winter: Graignamanagh, Thomastown and Inistioge badly flooded.

Action: Site investigation works taking place at Thomastown. Callan, Graiguenamanagh and Gowran at design stage.

Local authority: Leitrim

Last winter: Water levels highest for 10 years. Carrick-on-Shannon and Leitrim village were impassable.

Action: County council has received grants of €145,000 for projects.

Local authority: Limerick

Last winter: High water levels in the Shannon caused widespread flooding.

Action: Council still examining what defences might be necessary.

Local authority: Meath

Last winter: Some roads impassable.

Action: One scheme at Mornington is under construction.

Local authority: Offaly

Last winter: Shannon Harbour badly flooded. Several roads submerged. Bridges across the Shannon closed.

Action: Scheme to protect estates in Tullamore to be finalised. Recommended in 2008.

Local authority: Roscommon

Last winter: Carrick Retail and Business Park completely flooded. Trains cancelled.

Action: No response.

Local authority: Tipperary

Last winter: River Suir burst its banks in Clonmel, flooding the town's quays -- a repeat of the serious floods of 2004.

Action: Contractor for the second phase of the Clonmel scheme to be appointed "shortly". Cost is €19m.

Local authority: Waterford City Council

Last winter: Several roads around the city very badly flooded. Waterford to Tramore road impassable. Cork Road and Kilbary Road underwater. Piltown badly affected.

Action: The first phase of the €30m John's River scheme has been completed. Tenders sought to carry out the remainder.

Local authority: Westmeath

Last winter: Athlone was devastated with up to 600 people and 250 homes affected.

Action: Funding was sought for five schemes in Athlone, but just two qualified. OPW told the council that a major scheme for Parnell Square/Deerpark Road would not go ahead until 2014/2015 because a study of risk along the River Shannon had to be carried out first.

Local authority: Wexford

Last winter: In Enniscorthy the main bridge and the quays were closed. Severe flooding reported across the county.

Action: Scheme for Enniscorthy still "under consideration" as it has been since 2003.

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