No Extra Emergency Funding for Flooding in Donegal
Deputy Thomas Pringle raised the issue of flooding in the Dáil calling for immediate measures to tackle severe flooding along the Rivers Eske, Finn and Owenea, in Donegal.
“The flooding caused by successive storms has been particularly damaging in these areas and wide ranging. Peoples’ homes and businesses have taken the brunt of the force of these storms.
“Some people along the River Eske in Donegal Town were flooded for the second time in three weeks. This has been a soul-destroying experience for these people.
“Areas of Pettigo have experienced repeated flooding and the same can be said for places along the River Finn in Ballybofey and Stranorlar. However, parts of Lifford were flooded where they have never been flooded before.
“€10m is available for people who have experienced damage in their homes and anyone affected should contact their local Community Welfare Officer. Another €5m is also available for businesses that have been damaged.
“However, no extra funding has been allocated to local authorities to deal with the immediate needs of towns across Donegal and the country.
“Instead, local authorities have to apply for emergency funding to the Minor Flood Mitigation Works scheme which can take time and is not sufficient for an immediate local response to flooding.
“I have called on the Government to give local authorities greater access to immediate emergency funding in the aftermath of bad weather so they can deal with flooding issues in their local areas. This would also help to limit damage and risk to property in the aftermath of storms helping communities defend themselves against severe weather in the future.
“It must be said that people from the public and from emergency services have worked tirelessly to help save properties and homes and must be commended for all their hard work. But more can be done so that the burden is not left to local people to deal with the aftermath of bad weather.