OPW Minister says agency will help in Mill river clean-up

OPW Minister Kevin Boxer Moran says he has given the go ahead for the agency to help Longford Council in carrying out a clean-up operation following flooding of the Mill river at the weekend.

The river broke its banks in a number of areas in the north of the county during torrential rain last Saturday and some houses and businesses were under threat for a time.

Kevin Boxer Moran says he walked the area with council officials yesterday and he saw for himself the damage caused by the flooding.

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He says that in addition to the clean up, the OPW is giving the council the go ahead to carry out a study of the area in terms of bridges and roads that could be affected by any future flooding events and its hoped that can be finished in a short time in order to draft a plan for flood defences.