Kildare County Council have stated that further investigations into the flooding of the Hazelhatch area of Celbridge will need to be carried out before the source of the problem can be ascertained.
The area is prone to flooding during times of heavy rainfall, and it remains a contentious issue among local residents and council members.
Cllr Brendan Young recently raised the issue at a Celbridge-Leixlip Municipal District meeting, asking if the council could give a full progress report on the forthcoming works for flood alleviation in the Hazelhatch area.
The council responded by stating that initial investigations suggest that the flooding is not due to typical river overflowing, and further investigation will be required.
"The OPW CFRAMs programme identified that the fluvial (river based flooding) in the Hazelhatch area does not match the flooding typically seen in the local area, suggesting that it may be caused by another source," read the council's response.
"In order to address this the OPW are proposing that a further study is required. In order to provide data which will inform this study, a flow gauge has been installed on the Paisteen Stream. The OPW provide funding for the protection of existing properties against fluvial flooding.
"While the flood mapping for the Hazelhatch area has identified a large amount of land affected by flooding, the proposed OPW study and any future measures will only address flooding to existing properties. Any future development in the Hazelhatch area will need to meet the requirements of the Planning Guidelines in relation to Flood Risk Assessment, i.e. to show that any existing risk can be avoided or in the worst case mitigated against, without causing any impact either upstream or downstream of that development."
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