An Inland Fisheries Ireland Inspector has warned that silt islands located on the Mall River in Westport could cause flooding in the town if they are not removed.
Speaking at yesterday’s meeting of the Westport-Belmullet Municipal District, the IFI’s Padraic O’Malley said the islands pose a risk of causing a build up of water in the town in the event of a major “one-in-25-year flood.”
The silt beds were originally introduced as a resting place for ducks but have become covered in vegetation in recent times.
Cllr Christy Hyland spoke in favour of removing the silt islands in order to protect houses in the area from flooding.
Mr O’Malley advised that the islands be removed after June 1 next year to allow for spawning.