Good news for flood vic­tims

April 2002

Bray People - - NEWS -

Good news to the ears of Ark­low’s anx­ious flood vic­tims is con­fir­ma­tion that de­bris and fallen trees are to be re­moved from the river lead­ing into the sea­side town.

Ac­tion to clear the river of such de­bris and trees has long been sought by the lo­cal Flood Ac­tion Com­mit­tee as one of the tem­po­rary mea­sures needed to abate the threat of flood­ing while Ark­low awaits im­plemeta­tion of a ma­jor flood preven­tion scheme.

A meet­ing of Ark­low’s Flood Ac­tion Com­mit­tee re­cently at­tended by up to 70 vic­tims of flood­ing over the last two years, heard that the rea­son given for de­bris not be­ing re­moved from the river was be­cause the East­ern Fish­eries Board ob­jected on the grounds it would in­ter­fers with fish spawn­ing.

It has been learned this week that the Fish­eries body has now given per­mis­sion for de­bris to be re­moved from the river and Wick­low County Coun­cil will be mov­ing in the next two weeks to have this car­ried out from the by­pass bridge down to the nine­teen arches bridge in Ark­low.

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