The Public Consultation Phase of the Dodder Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) study has been officially launched by Dublin City Council. Improved flood defences are among the key recommendations in a new Draft Management Plan which forms part of a study which aims to deliver better flood management along the River Dodder and its catchment area.
The Draft Plan also recommends a range of ‘non-structural’ flood management initiatives. It will go out to public consultation with accompanying flood maps and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report for three months from Tuesday 6th March 2012.
“As the Dodder’s source is nearby in the Dublin Mountains it responds quickly to rainfall and is known as a ‘flashy’ river. It has a history of flooding and while the CFRAM study can not eliminate the possibility of flooding, it does identify areas that are most at risk and proposes options for managing that risk, which is vital for local communities across our city,” says Dublin’s Deputy Lord Mayor Maria Parodi.
The flood maps produced under CFRAM identify the likely locations within the Dodder Catchment area which are at risk of flooding. The key recommendations in the Draft Management Plan are:
* Flood defences in the Lower Dodder at four locations (Donnybrook, Shanagarry Apartments & Smurfit Site, Orwell Gardens & St Enda’s, and Tara Hill).
* Earth embankment flood defences on the Lower Dodder.
* Improved forecasting, public awareness and flood warning.
The Dodder CFRAM is managed by Dublin City Council on behalf of the OPW and its partners South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils.