Flood risk meeting for Ballyroan, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portarlington, Portlaoise, Rathdowney

Flood risk meeting for Ballyroan, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portarlington, Portlaoise, Rathdowney
by Conor Ganly conor.ganly@leinsterexpress.ie@laoisnews

People living in various towns accross Laois who have concerns that their homes or properties are at risk of flooding and others with an interest in the effect of flood management are being given a final opportunity to have some input into draft risk management plans at a public meeitng in Portlaoise this week.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is holding a Public Consultation Day on draft Flood Risk Management Plans in Portlaoise on Wednesday, October 12 in Laois County Council's HQ from 2pm to 7pm.

This event will cover plans for the following areas: Athy, Ballyroan, Carlow, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portarlington, Portlaoise, Rathdowney.

The National Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme is currently producing draft Flood Risk Management Plans.

The Programme is being undertaken by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to meet national policy needs and the requirements of the EU 'Floods' Directive.

It involves a comprehensive flood risk assessment focused on 300 areas of potentially significant flood risk, and the development of long-term, sustainable plans to reduce and manage flood risk.

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans have been produced by RPS on behalf of the OPW, which set out the preferred feasible measures to manage significant flood risk within geographic areas known as Units of Management (UoMs).

The draft Flood Risk Management Plans set out the preferred feasible measures which are being proposed to manage significant flood risk with each Unit of Management as a whole and the Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs) within it.

“This is the final phase of public consultation on the CFRAM programme and the OPW wants to give people the opportunity to comment on the draft Flood Risk Management plans before they are finalised,” says the OPW.

Public consultation events for other locations for which draft Flood Risk Management

Plans have been produced will be held over the coming months and these will be advertised in local newspapers.

Practical advice on preparing for flood events is available on www.flooding.ie