A number of areas in County Longford have been identified as requiring further assessment by the OPW in its Catchment Flood Relief and Management Studies on the Shannon basin, reports Patrick Conboy.
However it is not yet clear what, if any, planning restrictions will be imposed on areas that are identified as being susceptible to flooding in the future.
The areas in question are Longford town, Clondra, Ballymahon, Abbeyshrule, Edgeworthstown, and Lanesboro.
A spokesperson for Longford ounty Council said: “Flood maps will be published as part of the study process,” with the maps for Co Longford expected “within the next five-to-six months.”
Asked what steps will be taken if any of the areas are identified as being at risk, the spokesperson said: “Implementation of remedial schemes will proceed on a regional prioritisation basis on completion of the study, depending on resources, etc.”
The possibility of flood risks also raises concerns over future planning permission and construction in these areas.
“Planning and construction is being proceeded with cautiously in areas earmarked for further assessment with due cognisance being paid to material currently available,” the spokesperson admitted before moving to quell fears by explaining that: “It must be said that while the current flood risk in Co Longford is of importance, it has not the same severity as in other regions downstream on the Shannon.”