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Dredging Shannon would not have prevented flooding last year - OPW

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Dredging the River Shannon may have provided “some relief” but would not have prevented the flooding event Athlone experienced at the end of last year, according to John Martyn, head of the Office of Public Works Flood Risk Assessment and Management Section.

Mr Martyn visited Westmeath County Council on Monday of this week to present details of the CFRAM Report and to provide answers to some of the concerns of the councillors in attendance.

Addressing Mr Martyn, Fine Gael councillor John Dolan said many local people feel as though “targeted dredging is the way forward”. He said that the section of the report that listed dredging as viable from an economic and engineering, but not an environmental, point of view sent out the message that the lives of fish are being given priority before those of human beings.


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