Calls for the Shannon to be lowered to prevent flooding

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Calls for the Shannon to be lowered  to prevent flooding

Rooskey Bridge on the Shannon

Independent TD for Roscommon Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice has called for the water levels on the Shannon to be lowered due to flood water around Rooskey on lowland areas.

He said, "It is incredible that Inland Waterways are advising caution with regard to navigation on the Shannon because of low water levels. Only on Sunday I was in the Rooskey area looking at a section of lowland areas on which there is still flood waters.

"Whether boats can travel or not it is imperative that in winter time that the levels of the Shannon are lowered to avoid flooding. Once again I am making it very clear that if boats get stuck in any part of the Shannon in the navigation areas it is down to the usual pinch points that always cause trouble and the lack of dredging and the same situation applies to the River Suck.

"Until we take our heads out of the sand and make a decision to address this situation once and for all and carry out this work we will have constant and ongoing problems on the River Shannon."

Read about further concerns over water levels on Lough Allen and the Shannon in tomorrow's issue of the Leitrim Observer.