Minister Moran welcomes flood works at Duckspool, Dungarvan Co Waterford.

10 April 19

Minister Moran welcomes flood works at Duckspool, Dungarvan Co Waterford.

 

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Dungarvan today (10 April 2019) where he announced approval of funding of €562,000 to Waterford City and County Council under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for a project at Duckspool, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The main works comprise the replacement of the existing outfall pipes in order to ensure reliable and adequate capacity for the discharge of surface waters to the estuary.

Speaking today, the Minister said “Projects such as this one show my Office’s commitment to providing local authorities with the necessary funding to undertake very important local flood relief works. When completed, these works will provide protection to approximately 280 properties from flooding and/or at risk of flooding. The Minor Works Scheme has been very successful to date in facilitating the carrying out of a whole range of works and studies by local authorities in all parts of the country. These works underlines the OPW commitment to addressing and alleviating flood risk”.

Minister Moran concluded, “The success of this Scheme is in the numbers - over 730 applications with a value of over €47 million has been approved for local authorities to protect thousands of homes from flooding since 2009.  I am delighted, therefore, to announce this funding for Waterford and look forward to when the works are complete so that the community can be assured of this protection from flooding”.

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Notes to Editors:

Background:

The Minor Works Scheme was introduced by the Office of Public Works on an administrative, non-statutory basis in 2009 following the severe flooding that year. The purpose of the scheme is to provide funding to local authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies to address localised fluvial flooding and coastal protection problems within their administrative areas. The scheme generally applies where a solution can be readily identified and achieved in a short time frame.