Public consultation days on flood risks in Donegal

Flood risks at eleven areas throughout Donegal will come under the spotlight this week as a major study will plan to manage both existing and potential future flood threats at these locations.

The work will rely on the public to help determine the potential hazards and associated impacts identify measures to manage the risks and prepare a strategic Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) to deal with these problem areas.

The consultation is primarily focussed on ensuring that the flood mapping is accurate and to gather any local feedback with regard to the accuracy or otherwise of the mapping presented.

Two Public Consultation Days have been organised to provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment.

The meeting for flood issues affecting Ardara, Bundoran, Donegal Town and Killybegs will be held this Wednesday, March 25 between 3pm and 7pm in the Donegal Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town.

A separate meeting for the Ballybofey-Stranorlar area will also take place between 3pm and 7pm on the same day but at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey.

Consultations will continue the following day, Thursday, March 26 between 3pm and 7pm at the Old Courthouse, The Diamond, Lifford for the Castlefin, Convoy, Killygordon and Lifford areas.

The Letterkenny Public Services Centre on the Neil T Blaney Road will be the venue for consultations for those affected by any flooding issues in the Letterkenny and Newtowncunningham areas. This also takes place between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday 26 March.

RPS is conducting the North Western – Neagh Bann CFRAM Study on behalf of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and with the support of Donegal County Council, has produced Draft Flood Maps for several areas in County Donegal.

These meetings are taking place because Donegal is part of the North Western – Neagh Bann Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study which commenced in the North Western and Neagh Bann districts in April 2012. It will run until the end of 2016.

The Draft Flood Maps will be on display on the dates stated and will also be accessible on the study website from 3pm on the day of the event

Interested persons may provide observations on the Draft Flood Maps at the public consultation events and/or through the study website.

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