Sunday 19 August 2018

Households ask to be relocated as part of €260m flood scheme

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, the Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, the Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief. Photo: Tom Burke

Almost 100 households at risk of flood damage have expressed interest in relocation schemes.

The figure was confirmed as part of an update on funding for new flood protection schemes worth €260m.

Flood Relief Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran yesterday briefed Cabinet members that it would cost €1bn to protect all parts of the country prone to flooding. However, he told reporters he had enough money for flood relief activities up to 2021.

In January, he will reveal 47 schemes which are to be priorities, but the Irish Independent understands that Louth and Limerick are key beneficiaries.

"The impact of flooding to the economy and the public cannot be overstated. To see homes and businesses destroyed by flooding, which is recurring, has financial and emotional impacts on the individual," said Mr Moran.

The evidence from the CFRAM Programme highlights that it would be feasible to invest in flood defence schemes to protect approximately 95pc of properties in 300 areas that have been assessed as at risk from significant flooding.

Irish Independent

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