File pic: Flooding on the quay in Thomastown has been a huge problem in recent years
Local councillor Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere has said that Flood Risk Management plans for Graignamanagh and Thomastown are being prioritised by Kilkenny County Council and the OPW, and are due to commence as early as next month.
Over €21 million has been made available to both towns to sort out the flooding issues that have plagued them. It's part of a ten-year programme of investment to protect all properties that have an equal risk from flooding, and it's anticipated that the schemes could be complete within 3-5 years.
Progressing the plans to project level will require the development and assessment of a Flood Relief Scheme, including environmental assessment as necessary and further public consultation, for refinement and preparation for planning / exhibition and, if and as appropriate, implementation.
A study into the feasibility of Individual Property Protection (IPP) scheme in Graignamangh and in Thomastown was also carried out. Kilkenny County Council and the Office of Public Works recently concluded discussions on the appropriate flood relief solution for Graignamanagh and for Thomastown.
Cllr Cleere told the Kilkenny People that the result of those discussions is that Kilkenny County Council have committed to lead on the implementation of the projects for Kilkenny, including Graignamanagh and Thomastown. The progression of these projects will involve further consultation with affected communities, the public and other stakeholders. He says that Kilkenny County Council does not now propose to proceed with the IPP schemes for Graignamanagh and Thomastown.
"The proposed measure for Graignamanagh is estimated to cost €9.06 million and consists of building hard defences whereby at risk properties would be protected by a series of embankments and walls that would protect properties from the 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) fluvial event," said Cllr Cleere.
"The proposed measure for Thomastown is estimated to cost €12.6 million and consists of building hard defences whereby at risk properties would be protected by embankments and walls that would protect properties from the 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) fluvial event."
The OPW and Kilkenny County Council are working closely to ensure that the above schemes will be commenced and concluded as soon as possible.
"This is fantastic news for both towns, and it is imperative that both of these schemes are completed as a matter of urgency," Cllr Cleere said.