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Public Consultation Day - River Morrell Catchment

Public Consultation Day on the Flood Risk Management Option for the River Morrell Catchment

A public consultation day will take place at Áras Chill Dara, Naas, County Kildare on Thursday 23 October 2014 from 3pm to 8pm to consult with the public on a preferred option to reduce the risk of flooding in the River Morrell catchment between the N7 Naas Road and Straffan.

Following the identification and assessment of a number of flood risk management options, a preferred option for the area has been identified. The preferred option alleviates flood risk for more than 60 properties in the River Morrell catchment and the Castlewarden Junction of the N7 Naas Road. It will involve the construction of embankments alongside the river channel at several locations to restrict the pathways of floodwaters.

Kildare County Council Director of Services, Mr. Joe Boland welcomed the publication of the Flood Risk Management Option stating, “This represents a significant step towards alleviating the risk of flooding for local residents in the affected areas between the N7 and Straffan. Kildare County Council will continue to collaborate and work closely with the OPW and we look forward to delivering this scheme for the benefit of areas concerned.”

All interested parties are invited to attend the public consultation day to discusst he project with the study team. The feedback received will be considered and incorporated into the Flood Risk Management Option where possible.

Details of the Flood Risk Management Option will be available to view on Kildare County Council’s website for a period of four weeks after the public consultation day. Details for sending submissions by email or post can be found on the website. The closing date for submissions is Friday 28 November at 5pm.

Following this public consultation, a Flood Risk Management Plan for the Morrell catchmentwill be published later in 2014. This will detail the works to affect a Flood Risk Alleviation Scheme. It is possible that construction of the Flood Risk Alleviation Scheme could commence as soon as the Summer of 2015, subject to securing all statutory approvals and landowner consents in advance of procurement of a works contractor.

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