Plans to beat floods -- but not until 2015
A STUDY on flood risks from rivers in the Dublin region will not be completed until 2015.
Two people died and more than 1,000 homes were flooded during a "monster rain" event in Dublin last October.
Up to 90mm of rain fell during the six hours on the evening of 24 October -- more than four times the level associated with the country's heaviest rainfall
A study to assess and manage flood risk in the eastern area of the country and covers all or part of 12 local authority areas is being worked on.
The areas covered include Dublin city, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Cavan, Westmeath and small parts of Louth and Wexford. The main rivers being studied are the Liffey, Boyne, Nanny, Delvin, Vartry and Avoca.
The area has a population of 1.6m people -- 40pc of the population -- and accounts for one tenth of the land area of Ireland.
The Eastern Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Study will examine "all options to reduce flood risk, including both structural and non structural measures and will also consider related environmental issues".
The study was commissioned last June and will be competed by the end of 2015 when Flood Risk Management Plans will be published.
Dublin City Council say there will be a number of opportunities for stakeholders and the public to take part.
A public information evening is being held tomorrow from 7pm to 9pm at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on the Naas Road.
It is open to anyone who wants to learn more or share their views and experiences of flooding, flood risk and environmental considerations.