Written answers

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Flood Prevention Measures

Violet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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103. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason a person (details supplied) did not satisfy the criteria for the voluntary homeowner's relocation scheme in 2016; the actions that will be taken to assist them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13613/20]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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In April 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential homes that flooded during the flooding event in Winter 2015/2016. The scheme was only applicable to a homeowner’s primary residence that flooded i.e. flood water entered and significantly damaged the building as a result of the flood event between 4th December 2015 and 13th January 2016 such that rendered it uninhabitable.

As the homeowners property referred to by the Deputy is located within the area to be defended by the proposed Springfield, Clonlara Flood Alleviation Scheme, the residence does not meet the criteria for this scheme.

This Flood Alleviation Scheme is being progressed by Clare County Council (CCC) with support from the OPW. The engineering design consultants have finalised the Stage I options report and updated the planning report for the scheme in light of updated survey information and consultations with relevant stakeholders and with CCC and the OPW. When the flood waters in the area receded in early April, this enabled completion of the onsite inspection and walkover survey required to finalise the Environmental Assessment and report. Planning drawings have also recently been finalised. CCC has been in contact with land owners affected by the proposals and has consulted with local residents. The Council has indicated that they expect to submit the proposed scheme for planning approval in July subject to completion of all documentation.

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