Calls for flood warning system on the Shannon

Eight urgent recommendations for the River Shannon have been made by the an Oireachtas Committee to combat future flooding issues.

Eight urgent recommendations for the River Shannon have been made by the an Oireachtas Committee to combat future flooding issues.

The Shannon which flows through Leitrim is one of the main tourism aspects of the county town, but the recent flooding issues have caused local businesses to close their doors and thousands of euro worth of damage to farming land, public roads and local incomes.

The Oireachtas Committee on Environment last month announced eight “urgent” recommendations saying “There is no point in waiting until the Shannon next bursts its banks and brings hardship, mud and cost on the popple living along its banks.”

The top proposal for the Shannon is to have just one agency to oversee the management of the river and the water feeding into it.

The committee has recommended a programme of “continuous monitoring” as well as local consultation and a new flood warning system.

The committee have called for a major review of water levels taking all sectors into consideration.

On the agenda also is the removal of silt from the river and the identification of bog land suitable for use as flood plains. The committee said the protection of our natural heritage must be immediate.

Independent TD, Deputy Luke Flangan and Fine Gael’s Tony McLoughlin were on the committee which released the recommendations. The proposals will go before both houses of the Oireachtas.