Kildare South TD Fiona O'Loughlin with Emma Holland
The Office of Public Works have proposed €4.1 million for floods works for Athy in their draft flood risk management plan.
Members of this month’s Municipal District meeting were told that Athy is one of 300 high flood risk areas in the country.
The draft plan, which will span the next six years, identified 75 ground floors and 16 two storey houses that are at a risk of flooding in the town from the River Barrow.
The draft plan includes a measure to build 2.4km of walls with an average height of 1.3m along property boundaries near the River Barrow to prevent possible future flooding, at a cost of €4.1 million. A public consulation for the draft plan was carried out on Monday afternoon in the Clanard Court Hotel as part of the National Catchement Flood Risk Assessement and Management programme. Kildare South TD Fiona O’Loughlin, who attended, said it is a great investment for Athy.