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In September 2004 the Government confirmed the Office of Public Works as the State's lead agency in flooding, to be tasked with delivering an integrated multifaceted programme aimed at mitigating future flood risk and impact.

Floods are a natural and inevitable part of life in Ireland.  They are usually caused by a combination of events including overflowing river banks, coastal storms or blocked or overloaded drainage ditches.  Numerous severe floods have occurred throughout the country in the last decade.  Since the impacts of flooding are so devastating it is important that people whose properties are at risk take appropriate action to resist flooding.


It is widely anticipated that changes in rainfall patterns and rises in sea levels resulting from climate change may make such flooding incidents more frequent and severe in the future. While we cannot prevent the climatic causes of flooding, we can take measures to prepare for it and reduce the resulting damage and hardship. As well as the risk to life and the damage caused to property, flooding has many other, less tangible, impacts on people's lives. These include the loss of sentimental belongings, the nuisance of cleaning up after the flood, the inconvenience of having to live in temporary accommodation while this clean up takes place and the constant worry of future flooding. This website aims to provide practical help to all those whose homes or businesses may be at risk.

The contents of these pages are provided as an information guide only. They are intended to enhance public access to information about flooding. While every effort is made in preparing material for publication no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the Office of Public Works for any errors, omissions or misleading statements on these pages or any site to which these pages connect.

Further information on EU-wide initiatives in relation to emergency planning and resilience at civilian level can be obtained at www.informedprepared.eu 

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