Thursday, 12 October 2017
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Relief Schemes
71. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding streams available from his Department which can assist a community with the clean up of a river (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43307/17]
Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for each local authority to investigate and address.
If this issue relates to the recent flood event in Donegal and subsequent clean-up, financial assistance with the cost of the clean-up is a matter, in the first instance, for Donegal County Council.
The Office of Public Works' (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme is a scheme under which the OPW may provide funding assistance and support to local authorities to undertake viable, cost effective, localised and small scale flood relief works in their administrative areas but it is not a grant scheme for individual homeowners, private property owners or community group. Works that are normally the responsibility of the local authorities will generally not be considered for OPW funding.