Over 100 Mayo residents whose business and residential properties remain at risk of flooding following several major deluges in the last decade are being assured that every effort is being made to ensure a long-promised flood relief scheme can progress quickly once it has received ministerial approval.
The €13.5m Deel Flood Relief Scheme – which proposes to create a by-pass channel to mitigate floods in the river which flows through the north Mayo town of Crossmolina is currently awaiting Ministerial approval.
Local FG Dáil Deputy Alan Dillon has today confirmed that the relevant documentation for approval of the scheme has been submitted by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
The department is now required to undertake a formal review of the environmental impact assessment report prepared by the OPW as part of the formal confirmation process, having already completed the statutory consultation period required.
Deputy Dillon said; “Once formally approved, the Crossmolina Flood Relief Scheme will provide protection to 116 properties which have been repeatedly subject to flooding, putting many livelihoods at risk. The local residents have desperately awaited the commencement of construction on this project which has now moved a step closer. The Office of Public Works continues to work with project consultants to progress construction drawing meaning once approved, the scheme will be ready to move to construction as quickly as possible.”
He continued that the department has had to tender for independent consultants to assist in reviewing the submissions received during the statutory consultation period.
“I understand that the department is ready to appoint these consultants shortly and begin the independent review process. I will be seeking confirmation from Minister McGrath that there will be no undue delay in approving this €13.5million project and getting it formally approved once and for all,” he concluded.