Michael Fitzmaurice TD has called on the Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief, Sean Canney, to help prevent potential flooding in South Roscommon.
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The Independent TD said “It has come to my attention that the levels on the River Shannon in the Clonown and Athlone areas are 9 inches higher than they should be at this time of the year and I am calling on Minister Canny to instruct the ESB to let enough water go downstream to prevent any summer flooding.”
Michael Fitzmaurice also commented on Roscommon County Council’s efforts to identify the causes of last winter’s Flooding. I also note that the GSI (Geological Survey of Ireland) have been carrying out a survey on the Turloughs in County Roscommon and there is also work going on in that regard at university level with regard to surveys and I hope that this work can be completed as soon as possible because we do not want a repeat of what happened last winter”
“I will continue to work closely alongside the County Engineers in Roscommon and Eugene Cummins (Roscommon County Council CEO) to find a workable solution to the flooding problems. The proper sizes of pipes will have to be provided and the proper drains will have to be dug in the affected areas to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of what happened last winter. I will continue to work hard on this important matter until a solution is found” he concluded.