€1.3M allocated to Leitrim for Flood Relief Works

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Leitrim Village was amongst the worst hit places during the floods that hit the county in November 2009.

Leitrim Village was amongst the worst hit places during the floods that hit the county in November 2009.

Leitrim will benefit to the tune of €1.3 Million as a part of a ten-year €1 billion Program of Investment in Flood Relief Measures.


€260,000 is being allocated to Mohill and €1.05 Million for Leitrim Village in order to progress flood Relief works in the county to specific design, consultation and planning stage.


The Flood Risk Management Plans published allows the Government to build on significant investment on previous flood defence schemes around the country.

Local Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin was the first to welcome the news, he told the Leitrim Observer, “This is great news for people in Mohill and Leitrim Village. I’m delighted to see the Government have listened to the people here in Co. Leitrim. This investment in our community will benefit our communities for decades to come.


“We all know that flooding can have an appalling impact on our families, through these state of the
art flood defences we will be able to give people some piece of mind. I want to pay tribute to the OPW, local authorities, communities and all those organisations who worked together to develop these Flood Risk Management Plans."


“They are a testament to how this Government takes informed decisions on investment for major capital projects - by targeting investment against a strong evidence base. The Government is committed to the delivery of these Plans for the benefit of businesses and communities
nationwide,” McLoughlin stated.

Senator Frank Feighan also welcomed the news,  saying Leitrim Village and Mohill will be among the first 50 schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction phase.

 "The Leitrim Village and Mohil schemes are among the first tranche of €257m in funding for 50 new flood relief schemes, which are being announced today in Athlone by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. This is very good news for people in the affected areas and these two flood relief projects in Leitrim are under the category of schemes with estimated costs between €1m and €15m.

 A new website, www.floodinfo.ie has been launched where people can view the community risk and measures in place, underway and now proposed to tackle flood risk in these 300 areas, and nationally.