The Minister at the Office of Public Works has praised locals in the South Roscommon area for their help in finding a solution to Lough Funshinagh's flooding problems.
Minister Patrick O' Donovan and local representatives inspected construction on an overflow pipe at the former turlough which began earlier this week.
Last month the OPW approved a request by Roscommon Chief Executive to provide an emergency solution costing close to €1.3 million to extensive flooding which has severely impacted houses and farmland in the area since 2016.
The OPW is providing resources for the pipe which will extend from the almost 3kms extending on the southern side of the lake near Lisfelim to Lough Cup and then linking in with the river flowing into the Shannon near Kiltoom.
Speaking on site today, Minister O'Donavan praised the sense of community in the area:
Local Resident Mary Beattie says the work needs to be finished before Christmas or more people will lose their homes: