Carlow will benefit from Ten-Year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures.

4th May, 2018

Carlow will benefit from a ten-year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures, a Fine Gael Deputy said.

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 today (Thursday).

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.

Deputy Deering said: “This is great news for people in Carlow. I’m delighted to see the Government have listened to the people here in Carlow. 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.

“The scheme here in Carlow has been selected as part of the initial phase of projects.
Progress the project-level development and assessment of a further Flood Relief Scheme for Carlow to augment the existing Scheme, including environmental assessment as necessary and further public consultation, for refinement and preparation for planning / Exhibition and, if and as appropriate, implementation.”

“A new website, 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.

“This map and plan viewer website is another important resource, to support planning, emergency response planning, and to empower people and communities to plan and respond to flood risk,” the Fine Gael TD said.

An Taoiseach, Mr. Leo Varadkar, TD said, “Flooding can have a devastating impact on families, communities and businesses. If your home or business is badly damaged or destroyed by flooding, the emotional and financial impact is immense.  It also has a huge cost to the economy.

“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,” the Taoiseach said.