Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Prevention Measures
157. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if flood mitigation works will be carried out on the River Shanowen, County Kerry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52824/19]
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for the maintenance of Arterial Drainage Schemes and catchment drainage schemes designated under the Arterial Drainage Acts of 1945 and 1995. The location referred to by the deputy forms part of the Maine Arterial Drainage Scheme and was inspected by the OPW regional office.
The inspection corresponded with high river flows, following the recent sustained period of wet weather, at which time the river was operating effectively, with good conveyance clearly evident along the main river channel. There was no evidence of any obvious blockages or obstructions along the main river channel itself.
As part of the OPW’s on-going maintenance responsibility for the area, the channel is included in the 2020 annual maintenance works programme.