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A multi million euro flood defence plan for Kerry has been published.

Ballylongford floods

The Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management programme was started in 2011, in response to the increasing number and intensity of floods, and has a €430 million budget.

A public consultation period has been opened on the newly published flood risk management plans for  Kerry and will close on the 23rd of September.

The plans run to several hundred pages and call for a combination of solutions to protect areas of the county from major flooding events.

These include flood defence barrier construction, widening of river courses, bridgeworks and tidal flood defences.

The plans also call for non-structural solutions like flood forecasting and local floods awareness programmes as well as planning control and land use management.

The recommended flood defence works will be prioritised on a value for money basis according to Conor Galvin of the Office of Public Works.

The plans are available in all Kerry County Council offices and online at opw.ie/floodplans