Tuesday 20 March 2018

Estates in flood zones got planning

Boyle River
Boyle River
River Finnihy burst its banks in 2008
New Ross, Co Wexford where flooding occured. Picture: Patrick Browne
Clean up at Raphoe, Co. Donegal, business premises following recent flash flood. Picture: Declan Doherty
Flood damage at Raphoe, Co. Donegal
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

BOYLE in Co Roscommon has borne the brunt of 10 serious floods since 1996 at a number of locations across the town.

Four areas of the town, which is home to 3,000 people, flood on a recurring basis, according to the Office of Public Works (OPW).

Local councillor Jane Suffin said the last significant flood in the town occurred four years ago and forced a number of families from their homes.

"There were some works carried out after the last floods but not nearly enough to stop it happening again. Part of the problem was the council should never have given planning permission for some of the estates in flood zones," she said.

Ms Suffin believes the local council has not prioritised flood defence works for the town.

"The council has put this on the long finger, simply hoping it won't happen again. There needs to be some significant works carried out but I don't see that happening," she said

Most of the flooding in the town over the years has effected the residential estates lying at the edges of the town. Dara Callaghan President of Boyle Chamber of Commerce said businesses in the town had remained unaffected.

"From a business context it's not something that has effected our members," he said.

Ms Suffin, a Sinn Fein councillor and former mayor of the town, added that she was not confident that Boyle would be allocated the necessary funds to carry out flood defence works.

Irish Independent

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