Flood problems persist along Rivers Shannon and Camlin

A Longford county councillor has called on a national waterway organisation to deal with flooding issues on the Camlin and Shannon rivers.

A Longford county councillor has called on a national waterway organisation to deal with flooding issues on the Camlin and Shannon rivers.

Cllr Peggy Nolan said the threat of a raised water levels along sections of both routes posed still posed a clear and significant risk to homeowners despite the fact two long standing stumbling blocks have since been rectified.

Taking particular expection to ongoing concerns associated with a lock gate in Clondra known locally as 'Burke's Lock', Cllr Nolan rejected claims the gates' boundary walls would be subject to undue pressure if opened during times of heavy rainfall.

"As far as I am concerned there were six (impediments), it is now down to four. These were impediments told to us by people living along the river who know what's going on. Burke's Lock is something that was relieving the pressure and I don't buy it that the pressure would damage the clock walls," she said.

The Fine Gael councillor was even more vociferous in registering her displeasure at speculation some, or all, of the blockages might not be resolved for a further three years.

"We don't have to wait until 2014 when a national study is carried out. As a town councillor the implications will be huge as regards the Mall and the developments that have gone on down there. Waterways Ireland really do need to step up to the mark," she warned.

Cllr Denis Glennon was pleased some glitches had been resolved but raised doubts as to why other defects were taking so long to rectify. He said the removal of a concrete wall to enable a quicker flow of water supply through a mill wheel in Clondra was relatively minor, adding that proposals to recondition the wheel required further explanation.

"The concrete wall is actually half a day's work with the jackhammer," he frankly put it. "But when the developer says he is going to restore it to its pre-development stage, I would like to know what he means by that."

It is not known when all of the remaining issues which includes new lock gates and an unfinished hydro-electric scheme in Tarmonbarry will be decided upon although the item is to remain on the county council's monthly agenda in 2011.