Works to install an emergency overflow pipe from Lough Funshinagh to the River Shannon to prevent the immediate risk of flooding have been the green light by Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan.
In response to a letter received yesterday (Wednesday 19th) from the Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council, Eugene Cummins, the Minister confirmed that the OPW would supply the resources requested so that works can commence without delay.
Speaking to Mr. Cummins yesterday evening, the Minister reiterated his support for the course of action he has taken.
“I want to reassure Roscommon County Council and the local community at Lough Funshinagh that we stand by you and that we will assist you with the emergency works required to protect properties and public roads.
“I promised full Government support in January to Roscommon County Council to help avert damage from potential flood victims, and, having received the urgent appeal for assistance today, I have instructed the OPW to provide whatever resources are required in terms of labour or equipment to facilitate the Council’s preventive flood mitigation works,” the Minister said.
Roscommon County Council’s decision to intervene is prompted by recent reports and a Hydrological Update on Lough Funshinagh which predict flooding levels next winter to exceed previous records and which pose a risk to life should the temporary interventions such as continuous defensive pumping and the raising of public roads fail.
It is believed that commencing construction on the overflow pipe immediately will ensure enough time to lower water levels in advance of next winter.