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Flooding in Ireland

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.


Floods only present a risk however when people, property, the environment and our cultural heritage can be potentially damaged. Through the right measures we can reduce their likelihood and limit their impacts



The Office of Public Works (OPW) is co-ordinating Ireland’s whole of Government approach to flood risk management across three strategic and policy areas:

  • Prevention: e.g. avoiding construction in flood-prone areas.
  • Protection: e.g. taking feasible measures, both structural and non-structural, to reduce the likelihood and impact of floods.
  • Preparedness: e.g. informing the public about dealing with flood risk and a flood

 See www.opw.ie for further information about the OPW and Flood Risk Management activities in Ireland.



The public can reduce the impact of floods by being aware of the flood risks and potential impacts and being prepared to take action if and when a flood occurs. This website aims to provide practical help to all those whose homes or businesses may be at risk.


It also provides information on who can help during a flood event.


The supporting booklet “Flooding- Plan, prepare, protect” is also available to view below:


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.


The Office of Emergency Planning runs an annual Be Winter Ready information campaign, supported by a booklet and a website www.winterready.ie providing practical advice for coping during episodes of severe weather, as well as giving contact details of organisations and agencies that can provide guidance and assistance 


The 2016 campaign features a Flooding leaflet. Download below:

Be Winter Ready Flooding Leaflet 2016 (PDF)


During severe weather events updates will be available. Follow on Twitter @emergencyIE