Further progress on Ballinasloe flooding welcomed – Naughten

In East Galway, Environment, News by Denis Naughten

Green light to progress East Bridge project which will significantly reduce local flood threat

Local Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement by Minister Sean Canney that he has allocated €40,000 to start the consent process required to widen the channel of the River Suck at the East Bridge in Ballinasloe.

At a recent meeting with the local flood committee Minister Canney & I were informed that the widening at the East Bridge was the single most important project to address the threat of flooding in Ballinasloe.

I’m grateful to Minister Canney for now confirming that he is to proceed with the first phase of this vital project for Ballinasloe.

This announcement comes on top of almost €100,000 for the new temporary flood barrier for St. Michael’s Square; over €60,000 for flood relief works at Birchgrove, Creagh; €20,000 for drainage works at Derrymullen; and over €65,000 for flood works in the Taughmaconnnell area.

Earlier this week I announced an additional allocation of €500,000 to come up with solutions to the serious flooding of turloughs in Roscommon, South Galway & Longford.

Bord Na Mona has also taken the decision to revise protocols which could provide some assistance in the Shannon Callows when we experience severe flooding.

“I want to thank Minister Sean Canney for his assistance to date in progressing these projects and I look forward to his assistance in addressing other flooding problems throughout Roscommon and Galway,” concluded Denis Naughten.