Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that Roscommon County Council has been allocated an additional €76,500 for flood works in Oldtown, South Roscommon and Mountcampbell, Kilmore.
Commenting on the news Minister Denis Naughten said “The funding for minor flood mitigation at Mountcampbell, (on the Roscommon side of) Jamestown-Drumsna; and Correenbeg, Oldtown, Athlone will see works performed at both locations in the coming weeks as practical steps to help solve the threat of flooding the areas concerned.”
The works at Mountcampbell involve tree removal from the bank of the river for a length of 700m. The works at Correenbeg will see the current culverts replaced with larger culverts and pipes, which will improve the flow of water.
The works will help to address the flooding of homes and property which occurred during winter 2015/16 and is on foot of detailed work performed by a team of dedicated staff at Roscommon County Council. This involved inspecting the situation on the ground during the flooding itself, followed by the collection of flood data and design work on potential solutions which were then presented to the Office of Public Works for funding.
“Works have already commenced at some locations and all works will be completed in the coming months. These are practical steps which it is hoped will solve the threat of flooding to homes in the areas concerned,” stated Minister Naughten.
“I want to thank Minister Sean Canney for his assistance in progressing these projects and I look forward to his assistance in addressing other flooding problems throughout Roscommon and Galway,” concluded Denis Naughten.