Sinn Féin councillor, Martin Kenny is seeking planned drainage works on the river network in South Leitrim to be carried out as early as possible with the cooperation of farmers, when the water levels are low and more drainage can be achieved for the money being spent.
Cllr Kenny said, “Leitrim County Council is working out a programme of drainage work on the river network in South Leitrim and I am seeking to have these works carried out as soon as possible when the water levels are low with the cooperation of the farmers.”
The Ballinamore area councillor said that last year a number of rivers in the Ballinamore area and the Cloone area had stretches of them cleaned but said that more of this needs to be done this year.
“If it is left too late in the year the flood can be high and the work curtailed. More money will also be needed to continue this drainage work over the next number of years,” he said.
“This year work needs to be done on the Fohera river from Balinamore toward Aughawillan and the County stream at Newtowngore and the Aghacashlaun river in the Kiltubrid area, all part of the old Ballinamore-Ballyconnell drainage area. Drainage is also needed on the Rinn and Blackwater network at the Black river through Fearglass to Johnstonsbridge and on the Cloone river at the grange and on toward Rinn and parts of the Eslin river.”
“These rivers need to be cleaned on a regular rota with a good portion done each year, while this will inconvenience some farmers in the short term the benefits are for everyone,” he noted.
“The main problem that hindered the drainage of these rivers in the past was the lack of funding, which was only reinstated last year. The timing of getting the work done prior to the floods rising again can be a difficulty. I am confident that a good start on these rivers and continued work over the next few years will relieve a lot of the flooding issues of the last couple of winters.”