A total of €76,217 has been made available to construct flood relief measures on the short stretch of the N72 near Ballyrafter Service Station in Lismore which is prone to impassible flooding regularly. 

It has been reported that Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford Mary Butler has been working on securing funding for the project since the end of 2015 and has been in discussion with the OPW, Minister Boxer Moran and Waterford County Council over the past number of years. 

The flood relief scheme will be welcome news for proprietors of Ballyrafter Service Station, Mike and Joan Houlihan, and indeed for all the road users who travel regularly on Lismore to Cappoquin road. 

It is understood that the allocated money will go towards the use of flood barrier structures, embankment works and the improvement of the hydraulic capacity of the channel at the bridge.