Cork North West TD, Michael Creed has announced the allocation of €40,000 to Cork County Council to undertake flood relief works in Ballingeary, which will help alleviate the flood risk in the area. Announcing the funding Deputy Creed said;

 \”This announcement will come as a welcome relief for residents of Ballingeary village, who suffered extensive damage and loss during the major flood incident of November 2009. This funding will allow Cork County Council undertake mitigation works in the area which should prevent against any significant flooding in the short term\”.

 \”This allocation will not however provide a final long term solution to the flooding problems in Ballingeary and Inchigeela. The OPW has recently received a draft report from the Lee CFRAM consultants which revisits the initial study findings for a number of locations in the wake of the flooding event of November, 2009. This report is currently being examined by the OPW. It is expected that the flood risk in both villages (Ballingeary & Inchigeela) will be fully identified and, if appropriate, a preferred option will then be identified to alleviate the flood risk determined\”.

 \”However, given the flooding that the area has suffered in recent years, and in order to provide some interim relief to residents, I am pleased to state that total funding of €40,000 has been allocated to Cork County Council to undertake mitigation works at the locations concerned. The commencement and progression of these works will be a matter for the Council and the other stakeholders including the Fisheries board and landowners, who, I trust will work to progress these works as soon as possible in the public interest\”.

 \”I am aware of the hard work undertaken by the public in Ballingeary and my colleague Cllr Michael Creed, to pursue solutions to the flood risk in the area. They should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication in their pursuit of this funding\”.

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