Town flooding to be tackled with river clearance

Devastation: The Square in Kenmare under flood waters

FUNDING has been provided to clear vegetation along the banks of a river that has caused major flooding problems and impacted on several local businesses down through the years.

A total of €41,912 has been allocated by the Office of Public Works for Kerry County Council under the government’s minor works scheme.

It will allow works to be carried out on the banks of the Finnihy and Keelnagower Rivers in Kenmare.

The grant will specifically be used for the clearance of vegetation along 0.6 km length of the river banks.

Minister Norma Foley: Welcomed funding

The Square in Kenmare town centre was severely impacted by serious flooding in the summer of 2020 and it was claimed at the time that a branch may have got caught on a footbridge over the Keelnagower stream, a tributary of the Finnihy River, which led to debris building up and may have contributed to the flooding.

Kenmare previously suffered extensive flooding in 2008 when the same area was under several feet of water.

Announcing the funding, Kerry TD and Education Minister, Norma Foley, remarked: “I welcome this tranche of funding which will be used to maintain and improve our beautiful Kerry waterways and help enhance the existing flood prevention measures.”

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