Ballybofey-Stranorlar Flood Relief Scheme
The historical twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar (Bealach Féich–Srath an Urláir) are situated on opposite sides of the River Finn in the Finn Valley, County Donegal. The towns are a popular centre for tourism and recreation and are well known for their shopping amenities. The junction of the N13 and N15 (National Primary Roads) is in Stranorlar with the N15 passing over a 5-arch bridge over the Finn River into Ballybofey.The Finn River rises in Lough Finn and flows east to a confluence with the River Mourne at Lifford. The Burn Daurnett flows through Ballybofey and joins the Finn River near Finn Park beneath Navenny Road. The Finn River is a Special Area of Conservation and designated for the protection of salmon and otter.
To address flooding issues nationally, the Office of Public Works (OPW) commissioned and completed Catchment and Flood Risk Management (CFRAM) studies covering the entire country. The North Western – Neagh – Bann CFRAM Study was completed with support from Donegal County Council. An output of the study identified flood risk areas, including Ballybofey and Stranorlar, and the associated impacts of flooding. The plan also set out the measures and policies to be pursued in order to achieve the most cost effective and sustainable management of flood risk.
There is a history of fluvial (river) and pluvial (rainfall) flooding at Ballybofey and Stranorlar with the most recent significant event recorded in December 2015.
As part of the Government’s National Development Plan 2018-2027, €1 billion has been committed to the development of flood relief measures across Ireland. As part of this commitment, a steering group was established between the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Donegal County Council to progress a flood relief scheme to alleviate the risk of flooding for Ballybofey – Stranorlar. In Spring 2021, Ayesa (formerly ByrneLooby) were appointed Engineering and Environmental Consultants to develop a scheme that is technically, socially, environmentally, and economically acceptable, to alleviate the risk of flooding to the communities of Ballybofey and Stranorlar.
Ayesa will identify appropriate flood relief measures for Ballybofey and Stranorlar and prepare detailed design, drawings and documents to facilitate submission of a planning application as per the Planning and Development Act (2000), the Planning and Development Regulations (2001) and subsequent construction of the scheme. Ayesa will prepare a Natura Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Assessment Report, where required under the relevant legislation.
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