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A cohesive and co-ordinated approach is of the essence to ensure maintenance of the River Shannon as flood waters continue to detrimentally impact upon the lives of communities dwelling in close proximity to the waterway.
Homeowners and businesses in Clifden are counting the cost this evening (Wednesday) after serious flooding hit the town early today when the Owenglin river overtopped. Schools were closed on the orders of gardai and 17 properties including homes and a hotel were evacuated as waters rose.
Homeowners and businesses in Clifden are counting the cost this morning (Thursday) after serious flooding hit the town early yesterday when the Owenglin river overtopped. Schools were closed on the orders of gardai and 17 properties were evacuated as waters rose.
'When it rains hard for a day or two days in Crossmolina, that is when everyone gets worried' — Cllr Loftus
When an orange rainfall warning was issued earlier this week, the town of Crossmolina was put on edge once again over the fear of flooding in the town.
Galway woke up this morning after a night of high winds and heavy rainfall lashed the west coast as Storm Ellen struck the country with full force.
Met Éireann have issued an Orange wind warning for Galway from 21.00 on Wednesday, 19th August 2020 to 06.00 on Thursday, 20th August 2020.
Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte says the Department of Public Expenditure, and the Office of Public Works (OPW) should prioritise flood defence projects over the next number of months to ensure vulnerable areas of Galway are protected from flooding following extreme weather events.
As the River Shannon flood waters recede, urban and rural residents within the Athlone environs who have experienced a turbulent number of weeks are hoping that such a reduction in water levels will persist and allay further flooding fears.
Local Independent Deputy, Denis Naughten, has called on the Government to immediately activate financial assistance schemes for farmers, families and businesses impacted upon by the serious flooding within the Shannon basin.