Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Prevention Measures
47. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he is taking to address the summer flooding in the Shannon Callows; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42412/13]
There is on-going progress in respect of the River Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management Study which is the core strategy for addressing flood risk in the Shannon Basin.
The Deputy is aware that the ESB agreed to lower its target operating level in Lough Ree in the early summer on a trial basis as part of the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (CFRAM) process. This new interim regime for the management of levels on the River Shannon was implemented this summer.
A meeting between the ESB, Waterways Ireland and the Office of Public Works to review the interim operating regime is due to take place shortly.