Clarke Welcomes Rivers Agency Study To Curb Shimna Flooding
NEWCASTLE Councillor Willie Clarke (Sinn Féin) has welcomed confirmation that DARD Rivers Agency is currently undertaking a Feasibility Study of the Shimna River through its engineering consultants, RPS.
He said: “This work is being commenced because of the serious flooding which occurred on 16 August 2008 in the Bryansford Avenue area of Newcastle and because of commitments provided by the Rivers Agency to residents affected by that flood event .
“Rivers Agency confirmed one of the possible solutions considered immediately following the flood in August 2008 and taken forward into this Study, was the construction of a low flood bank roughly along the line of the existing riverside path from New Bridge downstream to area of the Car Park at Islands Park; this could potentially prevent flood flows from the Shimna River crossing catchment into the Burren floodplain – which occurred in August 2008.
Councillor Clarke added: “I have been assured by Rivers Agency that when the Study is completed, they will liaise with the community and interested parties, the study is due to be completed in December 2013.”