Update on flood alleviation works for Killeenmore, Turnings and Alasty
Clane Area Committe Meeting
13 May 2014
Councillor Pádraig McEvoy & Councillor Seamie Moore
Can the council provide a progress update on flood alleviation works being assessed for the areas of Killeenmore, Turnings and Alasty?
Kildare County Council has appointed RPS Consulting Engineers to produce a Flood Management Plan, Cost Benefit Analysis and Environmental Impact Statement for the Morrell catchment downstream of the N7 Naas Road. The Council has also appointed a Steering Group. Kildare County Council, the Office of Public Works and the National Roads Authority are represented on this Steering Group. To date, all house threshold and river channel surveys have been completed. All predictive flood mapping has been produced and RPS has commenced the assessment of flood management options for the catchment area.
In the next couple of months, the Council will receive a draft Flood Management Report for review and following on from this a public consultation process, involving the Elected Members and a Public Open Day, will take place. Upon finalisation of the chosen preferred flood management option, a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) report will be completed and submitted formally to the Board of Public Works for their consideration/approval. Should approval from the OPW be forthcoming, construction is programmed to commence in mid to late 2015, subject to agreement from affected landowners.
At the final meeting of the Clane Area Committee, the members highlighted the works undertaken on this issue by Mr Joe Boland, Director of Services and Mr Alan Dunney, Senior Executive Engineer with responsiblity for flood alleviation and the Mr Michael Malone, former County Manager.
It was noted that the work would not have been possible without the contributions of Mr Brian Coonan, Mr David Behan and Mr Gerry Foster who coordinated with Kildare County Council on behalf of their neighbours.
While the next phase of the work will be overseen by the Naas Area Committee, the Clane Area Committee members pledged to remain focused on the successful conclusion of the work.