« BackDraft flood maps for Tralee inaccurate

opwDraft flood maps for Tralee prepared for a national strategy are not accurate.

That’s according to management of Kerry County Council.

The severe flooding of recent weeks was discussed at the Tralee Municipal District monthly meeting and will be the subject of special meetings in the other districts.

CFRAM or the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management began in 2011 under the remit of the Office of Public Works.

Currently, the study is preparing flood management plans for each area which will include works to mitigate flooding subject to Government funding.

Damien Ginty who is dealing with the CFRAM studies for the local authority told the meeting it is clear the draft flood maps for Tralee are not accurate.

The maps say the River Lee and Caherwisheen are not seen as problematic in terms of flooding which Mr Ginty said was obviously not the case in recent months.

He said he would be contacting the OPW about this. The study is due before the Tralee Municipal District in the June or July.

However Mr Ginty admitted that the hydrologists with the OPW may not have taken the more recent data into account due to time and resource constraints.