Perhaps the council is pursuing an insurance claim. The point is that clear guidelines are required.
Recommendation No. 11 is that the OPW should commence and, if possible, accelerate the implementation of the Lee CFRAMS and commence the Shannon CFRAMS and those of other major river systems. The committee has agreed on this point.
Recommendation No. 12 is that the OPW should approve and fund all urgent minor flood relief measures identified by local authorities pending the completion of detailed flood risk assessment and management strategies except where there may be legal or other unavoidable reasons for not doing so.
Recommendation No. 13 is that the OPW should determine and prepare a national strategy for river drainage and maintenance measures to manage flood risk. It should also allocate sufficient resources and begin the strategy's implementation with local authorities.
Recommendation No. 14 is that the OPW should actively engage with and support local authorities in the preparation of detailed flood risk assessments under the major emergency planning framework.
Recommendation No. 15 is that appropriate flood early warning systems should be put in place by the OPW on all major river systems or parts thereof where a substantial ongoing flood risk is known to exist. Providing some degree of early warning systems in such places should not need to await the detailed studies planned under the CFRAMS process.
Recommendation No. 16 is that each local authority nominated as a principal response agency under the framework for emergency management should prepare specific flood and severe cold weather major emergency plans, including detailed risk assessments. Recommendation No. 17 is that such plans should seek to provide for the treatment of main, strategic and primary roads as well as regional and county roads that provide important accessibility during a severe cold weather period.
Recommendation No. 18 is that each local authority should prepare an inventory of water and waste water treatment and distribution infrastructure in its jurisdiction and set out measures that need to be taken to protect same from the risk of flooding.
Recommendation No. 19 is that each local authority should review its effectiveness in the treatment of roads during the severe December-January cold spell.
Recommendation No. 20 is that each local authority should develop and maintain a database of people who are vulnerable to the effects of floods and severe weather in its jurisdiction, subject to data protection and privacy considerations.