Fianna Fáil County Councillor Michael Sheehan has called for immediate government action after devastating floods damaged large parts of County Wexford in recent days.
Cllr Sheehan commented: “This is the second case of extreme weather to hammer the New Ross Area since Christmas. It’s caused severe flooding and serious damage to public areas, parks and businesses that will be expensive to replace and reopen. The Government should contact the European Commission to see what funding is available to restore our economy and environment.
“We need funding to repair the banks along Marshmeadows, flood walls for Rosbercon and Bridge street in the town plus repair work for Duncannon and Ballyhack piers and beaches. I’m amazed that the government TD’s are nowhere to be seen as businesses struggle to survive.They have abandoned the South East when help is needed most.
“What is required now is an action plan to address the underlying causes of flooding and to offer financial assistance to businesses affected by sky high premiums plus. The Government must encourage the expansion of current insurance policies to include businesses either at risk, or those who can’t obtain insurance at all.
“Initial estimates indicate €8 million countywide is needed before the next storm hits but the next 72 hours will be crucial. It will cost €500,000 each to repair New Ross and Duncannon and almost €2 million for Courtown alone.
“The cost of doing the works are dwarfed by the costs of not doing them in terms of lost time, resources, business, economic and environmental damage. The government needs to move now and not leave these people high and dry again,” concluded Cllr Sheehan.