Western Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (Western CFRAM) Study

JBA has been commissioned by The Office of Public Works (OPW) to undertake a project as part of the National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme of Studies.  Our work involves understanding communities affected by flooding across the Western River Basin District, which includes most of County Galway, County Mayo, County Sligo and some of County Leitrim. This is the Western Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (Western CFRAM) Study.

The National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme is being led by OPW, with valuable assistance from Local Authorities and others.  The Programme is being carried out between 2011 and 2015.  The CFRAM process will have several important benefits:

  • It will greatly improve our understanding of where flooding is more likely to happen and its associated frequency.  The same will be true for our understanding of the consequences of flooding.
  • We will share our thinking and understanding of flood risk with local communities and listen to their views on future management approaches.
  • It will help long-term planning for reduction and improved management of flood risk across the country. 

Work is taking place in stages, the first stage of the Western CFRAM Study during autumn 2011 involves collecting site data and reviewing a range of information such as historic rainfall and river flow information to understand more about areas where flooding occurs.  A key part of this is in taking forward work completed for the National Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment.

This website has been set up to provide information and to keep you informed of the project's progress.  Newsletters will be issued on a regular basis.  There will also be opportunities to learn more and become involved in discussions about how flood risk is managed by attending consultation events; these will be advertised here and in your local media.  You can also join our mailing list to be kept up to date.

If you have information or experience of flooding or flood risk in the Western CFRAM study area please contact us.  Your contribution will help us to understand local flooding issues and better develop plans to manage this risk in the future.

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