Major flooding think-in in Strokestown

Event is next Monday

A major flooding conference for the Roscommon/Galway area will take place on Monday, September 26th (9.30 am-2 pm) in the Percy French Hotel in Strokestown. It’s been organised by Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy, the party’s spokesperson on the OPW and Flood Relief.

  Speakers will address a range of issues including potential flood defence options and understanding the unique network of turloughs, which are specific to the region.

  The conference has been organised in response to the potential flooding challenges that homeowners, members of the farming community and the general public face heading into the winter months.

  Main speaker will be Professor Paul Johnson, an esteemed hydrologist from Trinity College, Dublin who has studied the karst limestone area of counties Roscommon and Galway with specific expertise on the turlough systems.

  The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Sean Canney and Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources Denis Naughten have also been invited to attend.

  Eugene Dwyer, Senior Engineer with Roscommon County Council who will give a unique insight into flood relief works underway in the county.

  Deputy Murphy said: “Areas like Lough Funshinagh, Dysart and Castleplunkett were severely hit in the winter floods, with many farmers only getting back on their feet in the last number of weeks. They cannot afford another winter like 2015 – they simply won’t survive.”