Foxford left high, but maybe not dry

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Despite seeing a major flood event last year where 50 people had to be evacuated from a nursing home in the dead of night in Foxford the town does not have a "cost benefit" for a solution to be included under the current Western Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (Western CFRAM) Study it was revealed this week.

At the October meeting of Ballina Municipal District this week, Clare Butler, projects manager for the Office of Public Works on CFRAM, told the meeting: "There isn't a viable option for Foxford on the basis that the analysis we carried out the 100 year flood extend didn't show any properties at risk and that is why there wasn't an option development."

This news was greeted with shock and surprise by elected members of the district and officials of Mayo County Council. Foxford based Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise responded: "With regards to what you said about Foxford, I don't agree with that, I have to strongly disagree with that, to be honest with you," and, "every drop of water that enters the Moy system through the lakes has to go through the lake river and through Foxford, we're very much at risk and probably more at risk than Ballina."


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