27 May 2022

Offaly councillor expresses thanks after Portarlington flood relief effort

The town was cut in half last week due to flooding

Offaly councillor expresses thanks after Portarlington flood relief effort

Floods on Patrick Street in Portarlington. Photo: Michael Scully

Offaly County Councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick has expressed his sincere gratitude to the Local fire service, Offaly and Laois county councils and the Army for the service they provided to the residents of Portarlington during the flooding from the River Barrow in the town last week.

Some properties were affected by flooding but only minimal compared to the situation in Mountmellick that resulted in the total devastation of homes and properties.

Offaly county council's roads engineers were on duty over the couple of days monitoring the situation and taking pictures of the flooding in the locations of lower Patrick Street and Botley lane in the town.

Cllr Fitzpatrick says this area has seen flooding problems in the past and believes that flood relief measures must be put in place in this location to ensure flooding is prevented in the future.

"Maintenance of the River Barrow and the Blackstick River must be carried out and a non return valve be installed on the mouth of the Blackstick River to prevent the Barrow flowing back up this river and causing flooding to homes adjoining Patrick Street in the town," Fitzpatrick said.

"Met Eireann predict that weather patterns are changing due to climate change and flash flooding will be a huge issue going forward," he added.

"Funding must be made available to the Local Authorities to provide proper flood protection measures in areas that are prone to flooding and I will be in contact with the relevant authorities seeking funding for the protection of the areas affected by such flooding," Cllr Fitzpatrick concluded. 

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