Flood Relief Works

  • Work is to start next month on flood relief works in the Carraholly area outside Westport.

     A number of homes in the area were flooded during severe weather conditions almost 5 years ago, and since then, a campaign has been underway to replace the barrier that was washed away in the storm, and put other flood defences in place.

     Mayo County Council has now confirmed to Westport Independent Councillor Christy Hyland that notices are going into this week's local newspapers, advising of a road closure in the area to allow the works to go ahead.

     Councillor Hyland said it's been a long wait, but he's happy for the residents of Carraholly that the flood relief works are due to get underway shortly....

  • Areas along the River Shannon are bracing themselves for possible flooding as Met Eireann issues a status yellow rain warning.


    The alert for 15 counties comes into effect from tomorrow night at 8pm with up to 25 millimetres of rain expected to fall.


    Farmland around Athlone and Carrick-on-Shannon is underwater, with representatives in each area saying they'll be relying on flood defences in the next couple of days.


    Junior Minister for Flood Relief Kevin 'Boxer' Moran says councils are ready to react:

  • It now looks likely that the long awaited flood relief works at Carrowholly outside Westport will get underway by September.

    That’s according to the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    The Minister says over a million euro has been set aside by government for the works and he says it remains available, but he says it’s completely unacceptable that it has taken months to get the OPW and Mayo County Council to meet and get the project underway.

    Many homes in the Carrowholly area of Westport have been marooned over recent years due to severe flooding.

    Minister Ring says the OPW has in recent days been meeting residents on the ground in Carrowholly and he says he is confident that the flood relief works will get underway in September, ahead of this winter.

  • The long awaited flood relief works at Carrowholly in Westport, at last appear to be making progress with a Part 8 planning for the works to be published next week, with an opportunity for people to make submissions on the proposal before the end of August.

    The news is very welcome, according to the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Christy Hyland.

    Environmental issues have delayed the much needed works for almost five years now, and in the meantime the people affected by flooding after high tides and storms have had to live dreading such events.

    The Cathaoirleach has described the slow progress on the wall involved in the flood relief works as not unlike the building of the Great Wall of China.

    He told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that today’s news is welcome, but the campaign to get the construction complete goes on.