A public consultation day in respect of the proposed Ballina Flood Relief Scheme will be held later this month.

That's according to Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary who raised the matter as a Parliamentary Question in the Dáil and was informed that the scheme is currently at the preliminary design phase.

The Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform has informed Deputy Calleary that  the consultants appointed earlier this year have carried out extensive data collection in order to collate the relevant data, to feed into design models and identify potential solutions to the flood risk in the Bachelors Walk, Arbuckle Row, Howley Terrace and Clare Street areas of Ballina.

The project team are planning a Public Consultation day this month to engage with the public and to gather any further local knowledge, photos, videos, etc. of flood events, which would aid the consultant engineers with their design work.

The event will be held virtually with all documentation and resources provided online.

There will also be a physical public consultation held in Ballina for residents who may not have access to the internet or who would prefer to engage with the project team in person, albeit in a safe and controlled environment, with the necessary protocols in place.

Deputy Calleary has been telling Midwest News that this is an important step for people in the Ballina area affected by flooding to get involved in the entire process.

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