Five areas for flood relief measures

Five areas for flood relief measures

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The army assisting locals in Springfield following severe flooding in 2015 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Five areas in Clare will benefit from the ten-year €1b programme of investment in flood relief measures the government has confirmed.

In total, 50 new Flood Relief Schemes will be advanced in initial phase to detailed design and construction. Seven counties have been included in schemes worth over €15m.

Schemes planned for Kilkee and Springfield have been included in a list with estimated cost between €1m and €15m.

Bunratty, Kilrush and Killaloe have been included for works expected to cost less than €1m each.

The first tranche of €257m in funding for 50 new flood relief schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction phase was announced in Athlone by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran.

Members of the Hogan family who were evacuated from their home at Springfield in December 2105 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

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

These schemes successfully provide protection to 9,500 properties and the economic benefit to the State in damage and losses avoided are estimated at €1.9 billion.

There are currently also nine major schemes under construction and a further 24 at design/development which together will provide protection to a further 12,000 properties.

Ms. Carmel Kirby, Director of Physical Development, Clare County Council, explained that other schemes included in the CFRAM Programme will require some further assessment.

“Other local flood works will continue to be identified by Clare County Council and resolved under the Minor Works Scheme.  Funding will continue to be provided under this scheme for works outside the CFRAMS areas. This funding is being provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) which has already announced an allocation of €8.6m for the construction of the Ennis (South) Scheme,” Ms Kirby added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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