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Environment, Climate Change & Agriculture

The Ballina Flood Relief Scheme

Ballina Town has a long history of flooding. The main sources of flooding at Ballina are the high-water levels in the River Moy and also the inadequate conveyance capacities of the smaller stream channels and associated culverts along with their limited discharge capacities into the River Moy during high water levels. Properties located on Bachelor’s Walk, Arbuckle Row and Clare Street suffered extensive flood damage during the recent January 2014 and December 2015 flood events.

Under the OPW CFRAM study, Ballina Town and its low-lying environs were identified as an Area for Further Assessment (AFA) in 2012 and subsequently a number of potential flood relief/protection measures were identified and assessed to be viable and effective to reduce flooding for the vulnerable properties located in Ballina Town (

In February 2020, Mayo County Council in partnership with the OPW appointed RPS Consulting Engineers Ltd to further assess the CFRAM Study identify options and prepare a detailed scheme for Ballina which is economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable. The entire scheme will be implemented in five different stages. Stage I commenced in March 2020 and is currently ongoing.

More information on the project can be found HERE

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