The Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge the steps taken by the ESB to reduce water levels in the lake during recent wet spells.
Levels are now as low as they can go during the navigation season. Despite the wet weekend, the lake can now store up to 50.5 million cubic meters of flood waters if necessary.
The river is also within 70mm of its minimum level and with only three sluices open in Jamestown, storage in the flood plain is also maximised.
All in all, what can be done to minimise flood risk has been done.
Well done to the ESB and to Waterways Ireland. We would now advocate pro-active management of all sluices to protect this storage as well as the commencement of work to improve the efficiency of the river in the Jamestown area.