Westmeath County Council in partnership with The Office of Public Works (OPW), have commissioned the Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme to address flooding in the town.
The overall objective of the works is to implement a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Athlone town that will ensure that properties and people are protected insofar as possible from the effects of flooding from the River Shannon and its tributaries.
Athlone has been subject to acute fluvial flooding in the past mainly from the Shannon and its tributary, the River Al, which flows through the east of the town. This flood risk is well documented and has been subject to hydrological and hydraulic analysis, flood risk assessment and development of a preferred option through the Shannon CFRAM Study.
The Option Appraisal Report for Athlone Municipal District has identified eight discrete cells of
flood defence works and this Part 8 relates to one cell namely