Broad welcome in Limerick for OPW flood funding

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Many areas of St Mary's Park were  flooded after the Shannon burst its banks last February. Picture: Dave Gaynor
THE funding announcement to progress flood defences at the King’s Island has been given a broad welcome.

THE funding announcement to progress flood defences at the King’s Island has been given a broad welcome.

But concerns remain at three year wait before they are in place, with residents, particularly at the front of St Mary’s Park, still “holding their breaths” in fear of the Shannon bursting its banks again.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has approved a funding package worth €427,000 which will allow the first two stages - planning and the appointment of consultants - to go ahead.

Christy Flanagan, Assumpta Park, said: “I think it is long overdue. The sandbags they placed on top of the walls were never going to stop any water from coming in.”

Cllr Maurice Quinlivan said the wait is “because we have to adhere to regulations” around the environment, and other matters.

“There is no way to speed it up unfortunately, but I am very disappointed it cannot be done faster. A lot of people living in St Mary’s Park are elderly, and were deeply concerned earlier this year when we had high tides in March and August too. It is an area of concern. This government has not reacted as fast as we would have hoped,” he said.

But Warren Kiely, who lives in the estate believes three years is “way too long” to wait.