Public meeting on Lough Funshinagh July 4th
Homes, farmlands and access roads have been lost to high flood waters. Thank you to the hundreds of residents & local community who came to a public meeting on Lough Funshinagh - the lake of the ash tree and an SAC - special area of conservation.
Also to Geraldine, Matthew & all the group for organising it with public representatives and the presentation outlining the history of events since 2016 & rising water levels in the turlough.
We need to see how we restore Lough Funshinagh to protect home & livelihoods and save wildlife - now trees are dead all around the lough and vegetation washed away - feeding grounds that used to support whooper swans & curlews. The lough reached a maximum of 68 metres / 207ft, access roads to home raised 4-6ft.
This is a difficult situation with the constraint of High Court Orders and the necessity for environmental review of further projects.
Also with the anxiety & concern for future winter flooding and the temporary pump supports in place. Important that all departments OPW, NPWS, Housing & Roscommon County Council are working together to look at all options.