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River Al channel clearing kicks off Athlone flood relief works

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

 Minister Moran with OPW and Westmeath County Council staff at the River Al on Monday this week

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, has announced that his Department has begun maintenance work on the River Al this week.

Athlone has been subject to acute fluvial flooding in the past mainly from the River Shannon and its tributary, the River Al, which flows through the east of the town. This flood risk is well documented and has been subject to hydrological and hydraulic analysis, flood risk assessment and development of a preferred option through the Shannon CFRAM Study.

“The work that has started on the River Al today (Monday) will increase the capacity of the river in flood conditions,” said Minister Moran.


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