OPW - Roscrea flood map open day

Roscrea residents will have a chance to submit their views regarding government plans to install anti-flooding defences next Wednesday.

Roscrea residents will have a chance to submit their views regarding government plans to install anti-flooding

defences next Wednesday.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is holding a public consultation day on draft Flood Maps in Roscrea, on Wednesday,12th November. The National Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme is currently producing draft flood maps. The Programme is being undertaken by the 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. Work on the draft flood maps has involved extensive surveying and analysis of river flows and the development of computer models to determine how flooding occurs. Based on this work, a range of draft flood maps has been produced. The draft flood maps have now been produced by Jacobs Engineering on behalf of OPW for Roscrea and a Public Consultation Day will be held in Roscrea Library,Birr Road,Roscrea,between 2pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm on the Wednesday,12th November. The flood maps are a vital step towards identifying potential solutions to reduce and manage the flood risk, but they are also important for other reasons: 1)The flood maps will inform sustainable planning, to help ensure that we avoid building in flood prone areas into the future. 2)The maps will inform the emergency response authorities to help ensure an effective response to reduce damage during flood events

3)Local residents and businesses will be able to determine if they are at risk from flooding, and if so, to be able to prepare for flood events. Practical advice on preparing for flood events is provided on www.flooding.ie.