River survey underway for Athenry Flood Relief scheme

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Work on the Athenry Flood Relief Scheme has taken a step forward with surveys now underway on the Clarin River between Clarinbridge and Athenry.

Once these surveys are complete the county council will be able to make a funding application to the Office of Public Works for the Flood Relief Scheme.

Galway East TD Seán Canney said that this is very welcome news for the area, as are several other works which have either already taken place, or have been committed to.

“Athenry was threatened with serious flooding last winter, which highlighted the urgency of the situation.”

Some channel clearing has taken place at Grangeabbey, which removed obstructions to the flow of water, and the county council has also committed to improvement works at Barracks Street.

The council intends to remove a column on the bridge which has been an obstruction to water the Independent TD said.

The 2020 roads programme also includes €20,000 to upgrade the bridge at Ballyboggan, which is being funded by the Department of Transport under the council’s Bridge Rehabilitation Scheme.