PLANS have been unveiled for a major study of flooding in the Eastern River Basin District Catchment, which includes some parts of Offaly.
Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), announced that RPS Consulting Engineers have been appointed to carry out the study.
Minister Hayes stated that. “The study, the Eastern Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) study, will identify and examine in detail the causes of flooding throughout the catchment and produce an integrated plan of specific measures to address the significant flood risk factors in a proactive and comprehensive way.”
The Eastern RBD includes portions of Offaly, Dublin and portions of counties Cavan, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow. It is the mostly densely populated RBD in the State and includes numerous large urban centres, but also large areas of agricultural land.
The CFRAM study is part of a programme being undertaken by the OPW in line with current national flood policy and the EU Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood Risk, which requires that such studies be completed for each catchment by 2015.