3rd May 2018
Kerry will benefit from Ten-Year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures – Griffin
Kerry will benefit from a ten-year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures, according to Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
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.
Minister Griffin said: “This is great news for people in Tralee, Kenmare, Abbeydorney & Banna. I’m delighted to see the Government have listened to the people here in Kerry. 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 flowing schemes here in Kerry has been selected as part of the initial phase of projects. Tralee Scheme estimated cost in excess of 15 million, Kenmare Scheme, estimated cost between 1 and 15 million, Abbeydorney & Banna Schemes estimated costs under 1 million euro.
“A new website, www.floodinfo.ie 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,” Minister Griffin 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.
For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841
Through the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme, detailed engineering analysis, assessment and extensive public consultation has been undertaken for those 300 identified communities, including 90 coastal areas, that in 2012 were, at that time, considered most likely to be impacted by future flooding. The CFRAM Programme studied 80% of properties at risk from our primary cause of flooding in communities that house almost two thirds of our population. While the Programme assessed flood risk in all our large urban areas, approximately one quarter of communities assessed had populations of less than 500 people and half had less than 2,000 people.