Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (235)

Mary Butler

Question:

235. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when persons (details supplied) will be contacted in relation to the home relocation scheme; the expected timeframe for the process to be completed; the supports available to applicants in the interim until relocation is facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19163/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

In 2010 and 2017, the Office of Public Works (OPW), through its Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme, provided Waterford City and County Council with financial support to allow flood mitigation measures to be completed in the form of the construction of earth bunds around part of the perimeter boundary of the property referred to by the Deputy.

The Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme (VHRS) is a once off scheme targeted at those homeowners whose primary residence flooded during the flooding event in December 2015 and January 2016.

Before the VHRS can be considered, it is necessary to determine if there is a feasible engineering solution to the issue. The OPW and the Local Authority have commenced a further technical assessment of the subject property.