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The Irish National Flood Forum is there to advise and support communities and individuals that flood or are at risk of flooding.

There is no doubt that there is a greater need for more community responsibility and involvement in the whole flooding management issue. The Irish National Flood Forum, acts as a conduit between the organisations involved in flooding, (Insurance industry, HSE, Local Authorities, and the OPW), and the local community.

We are to aid the plight of flood victims, by the establishment of community led groups to mitigate their future risk of flooding. To ensure that all relevant organisations come together to secure effective and appropriate action to aid each community.

It also describes what is being done to prevent future floods as well as what other areas are doing to prevent and/or alleviate floods in Ireland.
Goals of irish National Flood Forum
The case to establish a permanent office co-ordinated by a National Development Officer.

To establish a national organisation that would speak on behalf of the people and would establish meaningful links with Government Departments, the O.P.W and Local Authorities.
To establish a structured Committee/Group in every flooded community which in liaison with the Local Authority, Civil Defense, Garda Síochana and other Voluntary Agencies presents a well co-ordinated emergency plan in the event of future flooding events.
To educate all flooded communities regarding current National and European Strategies on Flood Prevention and Emergency Plans.
To effect a speedier resolution to local flooding problems by endeavoring to create a common approach and multi-agency co-operation between relevant Government Departments e.g O.P.W, Wildlife and Fisheries, Agriculture, Environment, Local Authority Planning, Meteorological, E.S.B and other agencies.
To act to seek improvement by the Insurance Federation in the provision of adequate insurance cover for household, business and farming communities who are continually disadvantaged through non-cover or inflated insurance premiums.
To liaise with Planning Authorities in relation to Planning Decisions that impact on flooding flood plains.
To constantly update communities on flooding data, CFRAM’s and on any new or innovative ways of alleviating or eliminating flooding in communities.
To establish a data base of information on the 400 communities flooded nationally.

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  1. John Baker says:

    Hi, I came upon your site when researching for an article I was asked to write on the recent flooding in Douglas, Cork. I include text of original press release. please feel free to get back to me on this. Regards, John
    PRESS RELEASE
    John Baker, Earth Repair, Ballinreesig, Ballygarvan, Co Cork
    Tel: 0857027828
    Email: Earth_repair@yahoo.co.uk

    Minister Simon Coveney appears to take a dangerously narrow view when he states in the Evening Echo that the drainage system was at fault for last weeks flooding in Douglas, apparently reducing the problem to a single culvert. I would hope that as
    Minister for Agriculture he has a better understanding of landscape and drainage than this.

    As I am sure the Minister is aware Douglas is very close to the mouth of the Tramore River (culverted and confined for much of its length) that drains a sizeable area of land including urban areas like Togher , (also hit by flooding), Doughcloyne and Ballyphehane as well as rural townlands like Crosshacroha, Ballinvuskig and Moneygurney.

    In recent decades this land area has had its ability to deal with rainfall seriously curtailed by human activity through the creation of non-absorbent surfaces in the form of roads, carparks, pavements and roof area. Water hitting these surfaces can only rush downwards with no chance to penetrate the soil and rocks below where it could complete its cycle feeding plants and animal life, returning fertility to the soil and replenishing aquifers or returning, more slowly, to the sea. We have compounded this problem in rural areas through the removal of tree cover and other vegetation that would otherwise slow the movement of water through the landscape as opposed to letting it again rush downwards into the nearest watercourse, taking our topsoil with it. We also need to consider wider factors in this picture, such as increasing rainfall and climate change.

    It is clear that the cause of this flooding is a broad one that cannot be narrowed down to one culvert that has to take all the water from this relatively vast area. The causes, as ever, lie upstream.

    There is a concern that solutions, put forward to solve this problem will be overly engineered, expensive, complicated, and symptom focussed as well as being ineffectual or maybe making the situation worse.

    The true solutions are simple but gradual and longterm.

    There are 3 levels of action that everyone can contribute to that if applied widely and consistently over long enough would alleviate problems of flooding as well as providing huge social, economic and ecological benefits.

    Stop building in flood plains. Avoid buying property in flood plains
    If you already live or work in a flood plain take action to allow water penetration back into the soil by breaking up concrete and tarmac
    Slow water down as it travels through your space. This can be done by fitting water butts and tanks, digging ponds and swales, planting trees. Water collected in this way can be used for many purposes including washing, flushing, showering and plant irrigation.

    Our current approach to water is causing us many problems. We need to turn the problems into solutions.

    ENDS

    Contact: John Baker 0857027828

  2. John Baker says:

    Hello again and thanks for your call.
    I hope that article was of use to you at your meeting yesterday. You probably know that the County Council are meeting about this next Monday. Does your group have any plans to go along? I won’t be around. In fact I am away from tomorrow till the week after next but if I can get round to it will email text of article to a few councillors. You never know…
    My main angle flooding and on the general social and ecological chaos we have now is to help devise and enact practical solutions that enable people to feel hope and take back some control over their lives. I’d be happy to talk more with you about this when I get back to the, ahem, office.
    Regards
    John Baker

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