Flood relief plan for west Mayo housing estates

PLANS for the proposed development of a flood relief scheme at Cois Abhainn and Ashwood residential estates on the Ballinrobe Road in Westport have gone on public display.

The proposed flood relief barrier is located in the townland of Killaghoor, near the Carrowbeg River.

A report on the project sets out that the key components of the proposed works include: demolition and removal of existing external steps; construction of a flood relief wall; construction of a flood relief embankment; and new pedestrian access tracks, including drainage.

The Cois Abhainn and Ashwood housing estates lie adjacent to the Carrowbeg River. Low lying properties at Cois Abhainn are at risk of flooding frequently where habitable basements to the rear of six town house properties are at the level of the riverbank.

Other properties in the Ashwood estate are at risk of flooding events in excess of the 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) event.

A flood wall has been placed between the riverbank and the housing estate, adjacent to the existing pedestrian access track. No works will take place on the riverbank side of this wall.

The full plans and reports are available on consult.mayo.ie and members of the public are invited to make submissions to Mayo County Council, the closing date being October 19.