Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the OPW & Flood Relief Eugene Murphy says the Government has to come up with a new approach to deal with extreme weather conditions. Over the past 3 years, large parts of the country have been hit by severe flooding – last night Donegal, Sligo and some areas in Roscommon were submerged, resulting in road closures and power outages.
Deputy Murphy, “While the Government allocated money for flood defence schemes, we need to see these projects progressed as a matter of urgency. Delays cannot be tolerated – as it is becoming evident that flooding is no longer confined to the winter months. The scenes of utter devastation witnessed last night cannot be repeated. Roads and bridges have been swept away rendering some areas inaccessible, there were reports of people unable to make it home, while others were stranded in isolated areas.
“Local county councils play a huge role in dealing with the fallout of these devastating weather events happen. Workers go above and beyond their duties to help families and people impacted by the flooding. However, there needs to be a more coordinated strategy in place involving the local authorities and the civil defence to manage these situations when they arise.
“Despite a raft of promises from Government in January last year – including pilot home protection projects and a national flood forecasting and warning service – very few have been implemented. Minister Moran needs to start delivering for flood affected areas – announcements in themselves do nothing to help families whose homes and land has been destroyed.
“Unless action is taken, we will continue to see collapsed roads, submerged fields and abandoned homes as a result of these extreme, and ever increasing, weather events”.