OPW Minister visits Ashbourne Following Flooding – McEntee 

Last week Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Simon Harris TD, who has responsibility for the OPW visited estates, homes and roads in Ashbourne that were affected by freak flooding last year. The flooding which occurred after only a few hours of heavy rain left many questions as to how or why it happened and how could it be prevented from happening again?

Speaking about the flooding and Minister Harris’s visit Deputy McEntee said:

“Although the heavy rain lasted only a few hours that day it caused absolute devastation for several homeowners and children had to be evacuated from school due to flooding on roadways. It is important that this does not and can not be allowed to happen again. Proper measures must be taken and future sanctions put in place to ensure the many homes that were flooded do not face the same fate again, should a similar event happen. Meath county council are currently working on a report which will identify and outline where the problems are and the possible solutions. Once the report is finalised it will be given to Minister of State Simon Harris who has pledged to help the Council take on this problem not just in Ashbourne but throughout the county. The Council can then apply to the Minor Flood Works scheme where grants of up to half a million euro can be applied for. I want to thank the Minister for coming to Ashbourne and for his continued support”.

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