Saturday 28 May 2016

Council seek funding for Bellurgan embankment

Published 23/01/2013 | 14:19

The embankment in Bellurgan.
The embankment in Bellurgan.

LOUTH COUNTY Council will be making a submission to the Department of the Environment for funding to raise the embankment at Bellurgan so that it will provide flood protection for property and roads in the low-lying area.

This follows a study on the embankment, which was funded by the OPW, and included a topographical survey and site investigation work.

Senior Engineer Mr Gerry Kelly told councillors that the report had shown a number of crucial issues the biggest being the level of the embankment which at its current height is under what is required for 1 in 2 year floods.

' The levels need to be raised by one metre to make it ready for global warming,' he said, adding that the a substantial amount of money will be required for which the council will need Departmental approval.

Mr Kelly told The Argus that repair work to a recent breech in the embankment was due to be carried out last week.

The failure of the embankment led to catastrophic flooding during storm conditions and high tides in December 1981 and February 2002.

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