Springfield Flood Relief Scheme
The Springfield area at Clonlara, Co. Clare is vulnerable to flooding from the River Shannon. High water levels in the River Shannon resulted in significant flooding in the surrounding areas in November 2009, December 2015 and February 2020 due to very heavy and prolonged rainfall.
Many homeowners were cut off from their houses during some of these floods and access was only possible by boat for a period of up to six weeks. The Office of Public Works (OPW) undertook a review of the possible flood mitigation options for Springfield in 2016. The review identified a cost beneficial flood mitigation measure that would allow protection from the 0.1% AEP (1in 100 year) flood event from the River Shannon.
Following on from this work, ByrneLooby have been appointed by Clare County Council in partnership with OPW to develop and implement the proposed flood mitigation measures.
The flood relief scheme is part of the €1bn National Fund announced by the Government for Flood Relief Schemes throughout the Country in May 2018. Works on the environmental assessment and technical design have been ongoing since 2018 and planning was granted in late 2020.