News Item No.1 - Appointment of ByrneLooby as Main Consultant

Donegal County Council, in partnership with the Office of Public Works, has appointed Byrne Looby Water Services Partners  to undertake engineering and environmental consultancy services for three flood relief schemes in Ballybofey – Stranorlar, Buncrana - Luddan, and Ramelton.  These schemes are a key part of the overall flood risk management strategy set out in the National Development Plan 2018 – 2027. Link to Article


News Item No.2 - Commencement of Topographical Survey Works

Donegal County Council and the Office of Public Works are progressing Ballybofey - Stranorlar Flood Relief Scheme.  A detailed assessment of flood risk in the town based on present day and future scenarios is being undertaken.  Topographical surveys of watercourses, adjacent lands and property thresholds of residential and commercial premises are now required.  These works will capture the data needed to build an up to date computer model of the Scheme Area. The model will simulate flow scenarios in detail to define flood extent and depth.  Model outputs will identify properties at risk from flooding and inform design of flood protection measures.  All measures will be subject to a rigorous environmental assessment. 

Murphy Geospatial will record levels at the lowest point on the property which may be susceptible to flood risk, the threshold level. Generally, this is the front door of the property and can be recorded from the public road. However, in some cases, if the lowest point is at the rear of the property, or if there is a shed or secondary building on the property, an additional threshold level may need to be recorded which may not be visible from the public road. In these cases the surveyors may require access to the property to record the level. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes.  Ecological surveys are also ongoing in the area over the coming weeks.

Donegal County Council has obtained necessary health, safety and bio-security statements from the surveyors demonstrating their protocols and procedures, particularly in relation to Covid 19. All surveyors will carry identification badges.



News Item No.3 - Newsletter No. 1 September 2021

Donegal County Council, the Office of Public Works and ByrneLooby would like to inform the public of Newsletter No.1.

Please click on the following link to access the newsletter.

Newsletter No. 1 - September 2021  




News Item No.4 - September Update 2021

The scheme progressed steadily over September 2021, which saw the continuation of survey works in Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.

Murphy Geospatial have been appointed to conduct a topographical survey which includes, property threshold survey, channel, and structural surveys.  During this period, we urge the public to assist the nominated service provider by providing access where possible during the survey. The survey works is required for the hydraulic model for the River Finn and its tributaries.

ByrneLooby’s Ecologists were also present in Ballybofey and Stranorlar towards the end of September 2021 to undertake a habitats and species walkover survey and an invasive species survey in the scheme area.

A survey of culverts and large drains will be commencing in October. An aerial LIDAR survey is also planned once weather conditions are suitable



News Item No.5 - November Update 2021

The Opening Public Consultation Event for Ballybofey & Stranorlar ended on the 22nd October 2021. Donegal County Council, OPW, and ByrneLooby-Arcadis would like to sincerely thank the public for their input to the public consultation which will greatly assist in the development of the scheme.

October saw the conclusion of topographical survey works by Murphy Geospatial in Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Co. Donegal.

A defence asset condition survey has been carried out of the existing flood defences in Ballybofey and Stranorlar e.g., embankments. These include both formal and informal defences.

A survey of culverts and large drains by Amelio commenced in November and is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

An aerial LiDAR survey is also planned once weather conditions are suitable.




News Item No.6 - Newsletter No. 2  December 2021

Donegal County Council, the Office of Public Works and ByrneLooby would like to inform the public of Newsletter No.2.

Please click on the following link to access the newsletter.

Newsletter No. 2 - December 2021







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