Conlon welcomes the flood plans for Dunleer


Conlon welcomes the flood plans for Dunleer

Gene Yore

The draft flood maps for Dunleer are now available from Louth County Council.

A public consultation day was held last Thursday 22 from 3 pm to 7pm at the Dunleer Library Station House Dunleer.

The maps are available on until 7 October.

“At long last nearly two years after the serious flooding in Dunleer in November 2014 we have this report available,” former councillor and a member of the Mid-Louth Local Policing Forum Hugh Conlon said.

“It is vital that all business people and householders who were flooded make their own views known.

“Also it is important that those houses that came very close to being flooded also make their views known.

Proposals to prevent further flooding of the White River in Dunleer were submitted to Louth County Council by Hugh Conlon on behalf of homes and businesses at lower Main Street and Barn Road Dunleer which were affected by the flooding in November 2014.

Mr Conlon’s proposals were submitted for inclusion in the draft county development plan.

He suggested that the White River should be dredged from Healy’s bridge to the GNR bridge. Also the removal of sewerage crossings, putting the mains under the riverbed, and two new pumping stations similar to the stations at Barn Road and Dundalk Road.

He also wanted to see ponds, basins and canals created in the floodplains: Connor’s land at the back of Conaghy’s garage, Drumgooles field opposite Conaghy’s garage, Nugget’s orchard on the left hand side on the Station Road, the old Parochial Hall site at lower Main Street, and the field at the back of St Brigid’s Terrace.

He said provision should be made in the council’s budget for individual flood barrier systems at all domestic and commercial properties flooded in 2014.

“In order to protect the vital flood plains,” Mr Conlon said, “which I have outlined on a map, Louth County Council should restrict planning to at least one storey above the landscaped green space by creating a concrete plateau above which normal development could commence.”

The flooding in November 2014 caused widespread problems especially on the north side of the town.