Thursday, 2nd May 2018
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Galway City Flood Prevention Scheme included in Governments New Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme – Naughton
Fine Gael Deputy Hildegarde Naughton – who is the chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment – has welcomed today’s inclusion of Galway City in the Government’s new flood prevention programme. In 2012, the OPW identified 300 areas or communities believed to be at significant flood risk, of which 90 are coastal. The OPW, through its CFRAM Programme, carried out the largest ever flood risk study in Ireland to date, undertaking a detailed engineering assessment of these communities. This study assessed 80% of properties at risk from Ireland’s main causes of flooding and was informed by public consultation at each stage.
“I am very pleased to see Galway City included in the Government’s €1 billion plan for flood defences throughout Ireland,” said Deputy Naughton.
“People in Galway know first-hand of the significant impact that flooding can have on communities, which continues long after the flood event recedes. While we cannot eliminate flooding, we can manage the risk and take steps to protect areas and reduce the impact.
“The frequent devastation visited to homes and businesses in coastal areas of Galway City are all too frequent and this programme of works will ensure such issues are minimised into the future. There are a minimum of 900 properties identified along the river front and in Salthill that are at risk of flooding at present. Storm Eleanor brought home to us, in no uncertain terms, the need for major flood works to protect those properties.
“While Minister “Boxer” Moran announced €9 million for these works earlier this year, it was important that this commitment was followed up by the cities inclusion in the Governments flood alleviation plan. This has now happened,” the local Fine Gael TD said.
From my own experience as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Environment Committee, I know that we cannot be complaisant about the risk of flooding in Galway. We need to ensure that Galway continues to thrive and this announcement will ensure that the effects of flooding on our City are now minimised,” the Deputy added.