A survey is to be carried out in a bid to prevent flooding along the N11/M11 area

INVESTIGATIONS into flooding around the N11/M11 are under way and will be completed soon, according to the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar.
Ways to avoid future flooding in the area were discussed in the Dail last week when a Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle (FG), addressed the minister about the matter.
Deputy Doyle told Minister Varadkar that a meeting to discuss the flooding of the N11 area took place among several stakeholders, including Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC).
Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) said: “I met last week with Richard Shakespeare [director of environment, DLRCC] and [DLRCC’s] road maintenance [department] to discuss the most recent flooding of the N11/M11, and flooding of houses at Old Connaught.
“Shakespeare confirmed that consultants have been appointed and are presently carrying out a catchment survey on the Crinken catchment area of streams, rivers, culverts and water drainage and flows,” said Cllr O’Callaghan.
Cllr Jim O’Dea (FG) said: “Ultimately, this is a problem which must be solved by the two councils – Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.
“A survey is to be carried out into the cause of the flooding. We cannot tolerate a situation whereby the N11, M11 or M50 gets seriously flooded, causing traffic chaos.
“If remedial action is required to prevent future chaos as a result of flooding, then the relevant council(s) will have to find that money.”
A DLRCC spokesperson said: “The council has done some remedial works, and a consultant has been appointed by the National Roads Authority to assess and draw up proposals to prevent any flooding in the future.”
Minister Varadkar said: “Once we know what the problem is, the matter can be dealt with and whatever necessary works can be programmed and carried out.”