Govt discuss setting up national flood forecasting system to avoid future floods along Shannon

A new body is to be set up to co-ordinate the response to future flooding along the River Shannon.

Govt discuss setting up national flood forecasting system to avoid future floods along Shannon

A new body is to be set up to co-ordinate the response to future flooding along the River Shannon.

The set up of a Flood Management Co-Ordination and Implementation Group is among the matters being discussed at a crisis summit at Government Buildings at lunchtime.

The new group would co-ordinate the local flood management plans for 66 different towns and settlements along the Shannon which are vulnerable to flooding.

Junior minister Simon Harris says other measures being discussed today include funding for a long-term weather forecasting system.

Mr Harris said: "There's no point having committees and groups if we don't have the information that we require. We don’t have a national flood forecasting system in this country, and we need to develop one.

"This will enable the State, the communities, local authorities and all bodies who have a role in the Shannon to have the right information available so they can make strategically important decisions to protect communities, homes and livelihoods along the Shannon."

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