A major flood alleviation scheme on the Clare River is to commence in the next two weeks. Commenting, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton, TD for Galway West/South Mayo said;
“The people of Claregalway and surrounds have just passed the six year anniversary of the flooding that left the area devastated and homes uninhabitable.”
“Having spent time in the area during last December’s flooding, I am only too conscious of the huge difficulties faced by residents of the area on a regular basis.
I am therefore delighted that these major flood alleviation works are to start within the coming weeks.
The work is expected to take 18 months to complete and will be supervised by both environmental and architectural consultants so as to ensure best practice.
Flooding such as this has enormously negative effects on communities. The effects on flood victims and their families can traumatize them for long periods of time. Displacement from the family home, loss of property and livelihoods and disruption to business and social affairs can cause continuing stress. The stress of overcoming these losses can be overwhelming and produce lasting psychological impacts.
Not only have people in the area had to deal with the social effects of flooding for many years but also the financial ones. Home insurance was impossible to obtain and selling a house in the area was all but impossible. With this major flood relief work, that should now change.
Therefore, while it has taken more time than people in Claregalway would have wished, I am glad that we now finally know when work will commence on this much needed project.”