Tralee Flood Relief Scheme


Kerry County Council (KCC) and Office of Public Works (OPW) have engaged RPS to undertake the design of a Flood Relief Scheme for the town of Tralee. This Scheme will build on the CFRAM Study completed in 2018 where Tralee was identified as an area of significant flood risk and concluded that a flood relief scheme would be viable and effective for the community.

Tralee is at risk of both fluvial (river/stream) and coastal flooding.

  • Sources of coastal flooding are extreme storm surges and wave overtopping of coastal defences inundating the areas inland.
  • Sources of fluvial flooding are heavy rainfall events that cause rivers within the catchment area to overtop their banks

Documented flood events in Tralee date back to the early 20th century. Records as early as 1916 describe serious flood events that inundated major roads and numerous houses. More recently, in September 2015 and December 2016 heavy rainfall in the region resulted in flood events which caused significant damage to properties and roads throughout Tralee.


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Flooding on Castlemaine Road 25/02/2020


RPS are now undertaking the necessary engineering and environmental studies required to prepare a detailed flood relief scheme for Tralee. The objectives of the project are:

  • The identification, design, and submission (for Planning or Confirmation) of a flood relief scheme, that is technically, socially, environmentally, and economically acceptable, to alleviate the risk of flooding to the community of Tralee,
  • And to procure, manage and oversee the construction of that Scheme.

The entire scheme will be implemented in five different stages. Stage I is currently ongoing having commenced in August 2021.

This website has been set up to provide information to members of the public and to keep you informed of the project's progress.



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Project Newsletter

The latest Newsletter is available here

October 2022 Update: Ground Investigation, road/path closures, survey updates and more

Click here to see the latest updates on the project

August 2022 Update: Road and Pathway Closures due to Ground Investigation

Ground investigations are currently underway in the Tralee Area. In order to facilitate these necessary works, sections of Cockleshell Greenway, the Canal Path and the River Lee Walkway will need to be closed. - more

February 2022 Update: Surveys Ongoing

Murphy Geospatial have been appointed by Kerry County Council to undertake level surveys of the embankments, river channels, structures,and building floor levels in the scheme area - more

Public Consultation Event #1

The opening public consulation event is now closed. The consultation material is still available for viewing please click here





Postal address: Tralee Flood Relief Scheme  Project Manager - RPS Consulting Engineers, Innishmore, Ballincollig, Co. Cork P31 KR68, Ireland

Telephone: 021 466 5900



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