Members of the Inchigeela Flood Action Committee, Tom Creedon, Kathleen Young and Donal Coughlan pointing out areas of concern to Minister Hayes.
Pic: John Delea.

BRIAN Hayes, the Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Cork North West TD Michael Creed announced funding for vital flood-relief works at Inchigeelagh, when the minister visited recently.

Speaking in Inchigeelagh, the minister said that the OPW has allocated €45,000 through the Minor Flood Mitigation Works Scheme to Cork County Council for river cleaning works at Inchigeelagh.

The funds will provide for the selective clearance of bank side trees and scrub from a stretch of river from Inchigeelagh to Inchinaneave.

Additionally, selective clearance works will be carried out on islands which impede the flow of the river between Inchigeelagh to Inchinaneave, a stretch of approximately 4km.

Deputy Creed said, “Following receipt of OPW funding in 2011, Cork County Council have already carried out environmental investigations and some river cleaning works.

“However, further work is required in order to address the high flood risk to residential and commercial property owners alike and I am delighted today to be able to commit the funds required.”

The TD also commended the work of the local action group in Inchigeelagh who he said, “have worked tirelessly since 2009 to ensure that the flooding that took place at that time would not be repeated”.