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24 May 2022

Climate Action Funding for flooded road on Leitrim/ Longford border

Climate Action Funding for flooded road on Leitrim/ Longford border

Climate Action Funding

Climate Action Funding has been allocated for a road at Cornafest on the Leitrim Longford border.

Ballinamore Municipal District Meeting heard a breakdown of roadworks intended to be completed this year at Monday's monthly meeting.

Cllr Paddy O’Rourke welcomed the funding but said it would make more sense if the council “drained the Cullies River” and lowered it so that the road would not flood in the first place.

Council Engineer Darragh O’Boyle said that the funding was to get the floods off the road as quickly as possible.

He said there are many environmental impacts of draining rivers and that the council don’t lower rivers just remove blockages during drainage works.

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Cllr O’Rourke said that when the road is flooded it adds at least 10km on people’s journey and this issue should be solved at the source.

He said there has been no drainage done on the river in over 30 years.

The council said they would look at getting funding for this specific issue and that they usually spend their river draining budget on the rivers in the Ballinamore- Ballyconnell canal area, but this could be looked at for next year.

Cllr Caillian Ellis welcomed the funding and also praised Leitrim County Council on their recent drainage works on local and regional roads in the Ballinamore district.

He asked if the roads drainage works would continue over the next few weeks, he was informed that these works usually take place in January and February but do not continue past that time unless for emergency situations.

Road signs have also been cleaned and those that are broken or bent are usually fixed during the first two months of the year.

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