Town’s flood defences to be discussed at public meeting this week

Castletown floods in February

Castletown floods in February

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A meeting to discuss Castletown’s flood defences will take place on Thursday, in St Mary’s on the Harbour at 7pm.

The meeting has been called following the severe flooding that damaged people’s homes in January and has been called by the town’s MHK Richard Ronan.

He said: ‘We have had two major flooding events over the past 12 years and, together with Castletown Commissioners, I want to do all that I can to help protect the town from such events in future.

‘I have invited the Department of Infrastructure to update us on their progress since the storms. It is important that they and I hear your views and suggestions. The commissioners and I want to ensure that the needs of Castletown are understood and that action continues to be taken.’

Flood defence measures in the town were last discussed by the local authority in March, after the authority was asked to submit ideas by the Department of Infrastructure’s director of operations Jeffrey Robinson.

Suggestions they made were: A retractable barrier at the swing bridge, raise the harbour sea wall, and introduce a culvert in the Mill Race (where the harbour meets the Silverdale).

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