Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Questions (228)

John Deasy

Question:

228. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the emergency funding applied for by Waterford City and County Council to repair damage incurred during Storm Emma will be forthcoming. [26951/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The recoupment of unbudgeted expenditure by local authorities related to response and clean-up activities associated with severe weather and flooding has been established practice since the severe flooding that affected the country in 2009 and is seen as an important enabler of an effective and prompt local authority response. A total of €1.772m has been made available to Waterford City and County Council for this purpose since 2009.

My Department wrote to all local authorities on 29 March this year inviting claims for recoupment of the exceptional costs associated with the response to and clean-up following the severe cold weather and snow that affected the country from 23 February to 5 March this year.

Claims have now been received from the local authorities including Waterford City and County Council and are currently being examined between my Department and local authorities, a process which it is expected will be completed next month, after which recoupment to individual local authorities will be made.