€80m allocated to combat flooding in Louth

2,273 homes in Louth set to benefit from funding

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Dundalk Cllr John McGahon

OVER €80 million will be directed to combat flooding in county Louth that will have a direct impact on 2,273 homes, according to Louth Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd.

The funding was announced today as part of the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme.

“This funding for Louth is a part of the largest flood risk management programme ever undertaken by the State,” said Mr O'Dowd.

“The Office of Public Works and Flood Relief has consulted with communities here in Louth to ensure their views and concerns in relation to flood risk are taken on board.”

He added: “There were five public consultation days held on the Flood maps in early 2015 in Louth. Another five public consultation days were held on the potential risk mitigation measures in early 2016 and two further public consultation days were held on the planning aspect late last year.

Louth Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathach had queried the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on when funding would be made available for flood defence measures for north Louth from Omeath to Dundalk and Dundalk to Clogherhead to upgrade coastal flood defence measures last month.

Dundalk Councillor John McGahon has said that €40 million in flood defence funding for Dundalk will be vital protection for the town and its hinterlands.

Breakdown of Funding for County Louth
· Dundalk 1,737 Houses €40.5m
· Carlingford/Greenore Homes 296 €23.4m
· Drogheda East Meath 240 Homes €16.8m

Summary of the proposed draft plans for County Louth

· Carlingford & Greenore: Coastal & Fluvial Hard Defences, improved channel conveyance and two pumping stations
· Dundalk & Blackrock South: Hard Defences, improved channel conveyance and storage. Each flood protection method tailored specifically to each of the thirteen identified flood prone areas in the AFA
· Annagassan: Hard Defences
· Ardee: Hard Defences
· Baltray: Hard Defences
· Drogheda: Hard Defences, channel conveyance and flow diversion
· Termonfeckin: Improved channel conveyance