The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for the OPW, Kevin Boxer Moran, have today announced a new billion euro national flood risk management plan in Athlone.

Researchers looked at 300 areas across the country potentially in danger of flooding before choosing where to invest.

Over the next 10 years one billion will be spent on 118 schemes nationwide.

Ballina is one of the locations and according to local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherrin it’s very welcome news for residents in Arbuckle Row, Batchelors Walk and Clare street in the town, who live with the constant fear of flooding when the tide is high.

€8 million has been allocated for Ballina to protect 167 households in the area.

Westport’s Cois Abhainn Flood Cell Scheme has secured €6,000 in today’s announcement.

Minister Michael Ring says 6 homes in Westport will be directly relieved by the works proposed at Cois Abhainn

He says a new website, www.floodinfo.ie has been launched where people can view the community risk and measures in place, underway and now proposed to tackle flood risk in these 300 areas nationally. 

The map and plan viewer website is another important resource, to support planning, emergency response planning, and to empower people and communities to plan and respond to flood risk.

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