The Chief Executive of Leitrim says it will be at least two years before flood defences will be in place in Carrick on Shannon.
Lar Power says the situation is at knife edge at the moment as water levels come close to residents homes and businesses.
The Taoiseach visited the area yesterday where the Carrick on Shannon Flood Risk group highlighted their frustration with the slow progress of a controversial flood defence system for the town.
They also challenged the OPW on the slow delivery of drainage solutions at Jamestown weir which they believe is causing water to back up in the town.
Speaking to Shannonside FM, Lar Power says consultants are working to deliver a nine million euro project in Carrick on Shannon but it will be at least 2022 when work could actually begin.