Min­is­ter lob­bied on flood­ing in Col­looney and Bal­liso­dare

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - BY PAUL DEER­ING

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.

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