Raphoe (Ráth Bhoth) is a historical and market town located in east of County Donegal within the basin of the River Foyle. Home to fertile lands in the surrounding area and Oakfield Demesne, it is a centre for agricultural and tourist activities in the region.
Raphoe town has had a history of serious flooding; the most significant in recent years occurred in 2006 and 2007. Flooding in Raphoe is caused by intense, localised rainfall events generating surface water run-off from the steep hillsides above the town causing widespread disruption and damage properties and businesses.
To address the issue of Raphoe’s flooding a Flood Risk Assessment & Management (FRAM) Study was completed in 2017 by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in partnership with Donegal County Council.
As part of the Raphoe FRAM study an Options Report was developed for incorporation into the overall North Western Flood Risk Management Plan (www.cfram.ie). The proposals for Raphoe are being progressed separately to the North Western CFRAM process.
Consultants RPS Ireland Ltd were appointed in November 2017 to identify appropriate flood risk alleviation measures for Raphoe town and to prepare detailed design, drawings and documents to facilitate Ministerial Scheme Confirmation and construction under the Arterial Drainage Act 1945 and Arterial Drainage (Amendment) Act 1995. Consultants have also been appointed to independently carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA Directive 2003/35/EC) and Screening for Appropriate Assessment (EU Habitats Directive).