Dundalk is in danger of significant risk from flooding unless the Government acts now to prevent it.
This was the warning stated by Green Party Cllr Mark Dearey at last Monday’s county council meeting when he put forward a motion urging the council to press for Government funding to back up recommendations from a recent CFRAM (Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management) flood study.
The study is central to the national policy for flood risk management and the strategy for its implementation.
Cllr Dearey said flooding insurance costs in Dundalk could reach €120 million. The cost of implementing a proposed OPW scheme would be €40 to €45 million.
“I am anxious that this report does not sit on a shelf and that the Government puts funds into a scheme, he said.
“The flooding threat to the town over the next ten years is based on current sea levels and does not factor in Arctic glacial movements that could result in sea levels rising. It such a case we would not be protected.
“As a local authority we should be seen to support this report, for the sake of future generations,” he said.
Council engineer Pat Finn confirmed that maps outlining the level of flood risk have been drawn up and informal public consultation on these draft maps is being prepared.
This will lead to formal consultation before adoption by the council and he would urge all councillors and members of the public to take part in the process.
Clr Dearey’s motions was passed.