Many parts of Offaly are liable to flooding. Flooding can have serious consequences including damage to infrastructure, properties and even loss of life. The OPW have produced an information leaflet on flooding available on www.flooding.ie. Find out if your property is in a flood risk area by checking on www.floodmaps.ie
The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government issued planning guidelines entitledThe Planning System & Flood Risk Management . Offaly County Council uses these guidelines to assess planning applications in areas of flood risk. Flood risk data has been collected by the OPW and is available at www.floodmaps.ie
Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Studies (CFRAM)
Offaly County Council is affiliated to three CFRAMs; namely the Shannon, Eastern and South Eastern.
There have been a number of public consultation days within the County in 2016 to seek public input and submissions on these draft maps. The Public Consultation Period & Submission by the Public will be complete by the end of 2016.
Public Consultation Period & Submission by the Public
Submissions by Local Authority
Birr, Rahan, Shannon Harbour, Pollagh, Shannonbridge, Clara
15/07/2016 To 23/09/2016
(UoM 14 Barrow)
19/08/2016 To 28/10/2016
(UoM 7 Boyne)
23/09/2016 To 23/12/2016
Following the public consultation process the draft Plans will be finalised taking on board the comments received and will be then sent to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for approval. If approved they will then be sent to the Local Authorities who may adopt them.
The Government is providing €430 million for flood risk management measures as part of the Government’s overall Capital Investment Plan 2016 — 2021. The enhanced investment programme will enable the OPW in collaboration with the relevant Local Authorities, to begin the process of preparation and planning for the structural works and schemes that are expected to be recommended under the CFRAM Plans.