Athea village lies in the upper reaches of the River Galley and was flooded in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2015. The 2008 event followed a periods of prolonged rainfall and the 2009 event was due to inadequate capacity of a culvert to deliver flows. The OPW, working in partnership with Limerick City and County Council and other local authorities, commissioned and have completed the Tralee Bay / Feale River Basin (UoM 23) Catchment Flood Risk and Management (CFRAM) Study.
The CFRAM Study Area included Athea as an AFA (Area for Further Assessment) and concluded that a Flood Relief Scheme would be viable and effective for the community.
Limerick City and County Council appointed the Ryan Hanley team in October 2019 to assess, develop and design an appropriate, cost-effective and sustainable flood relief scheme which aims to minimise risk to the existing community, social amenity, environment and landscape.
Click here for the Athea Flood Relief Scheme Initial Public Consultation on My Point.