RPS has entered the final stage of the Eastern, South Eastern and the North Western – Neagh Bann Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Studies.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) state that the CFRAM Studies "are without precedent in their scale and complexity in Ireland. They have involved probably the largest ever survey programme, the detailed hydraulic modelling of around 6,500km of river and 90 coastal communities, and the preparation of about 40,000 flood maps".
RPS’ CFRAM Study team is currently completing the final Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs), which are required to implement the EU Floods Directive. The Office of Public Works (OPW) has outlined the importance of the plans in providing "a major step forward in helping the Irish Government make informed investment decisions".
The final plans will be submitted for approval by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) and subsequently for council adoption. Local Authorities are preparing to procure support to implement the measures set out in the Plans, which will provide safety and protection to many thousands of homes and businesses, and prevent billions of euros’ of flood damage in the future.