Minister lobbied on flooding in Collooney and Ballisodare
Solutions to flooding of the Collooney and Ballisodare areas caused by the Owenmore River bursting its banks was presented to Minister of State responsible for flood relief, Kevin ‘ Boxer’ Moran last week during his visit to Sligo.
The extensive flooding damage to Collooney and Ballisadare in 2009 and 2015 were highlighted to the by Councillor Thomas Healy.
“The recent spell of heavy rainfall has helped to remind people of the damage caused by flooding and the serious potential for additional flooding this winter.
“A number of elected representatives and the local Owenmore drainage committee met with Minister Moran and showed him areas extensively flooded in 2015 and highlighted the damage of € 180,000 caused to homes, vehicles and livestock as well as the stress suffered by residents.
“Minister Moran was extremely receptive to our presentation,” continued Cllr Healy.
“I gave him a copy of our document Project Roof on a resolution of the Owenmore flooding and outlined the survey works to be carried out by Sligo County Council.
“We urgently need remedial and safety works such as road markers and home protection measures.
“However, the real long term solution has to involve a barrier wall and extensive dredging works on the river.
“I explained that the fisheries have concerns on potential damage to spawning, Minister Moran has agreed to work with the local authorities and all concerned groups in order to find and fund a solution to this problem.
“I am delighted by Minister Moran’s positive and practical commitment to resolve this issue. I will keep in contact with the concerned residents in order to outline progress made and see a common unity of purpose in addressing this flooding issue once and for all,” said Cllr Healy.
Deputy Tony McLoughlin and Cllr Thomas Healy making a presentation on flooding to Minister Moran during his visit to Sligo.