Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced the intention to review a flood risk study for Omagh Town to determine if there are any viable options to reduce flood risk in the area.
Minister Mallon said:
"I am pleased to announce that my Department is currently engaging with our partner consultant to re-visit the most recent flood study for Omagh Town. The Department previously carried out a flood study in 2016 to assess the level of risk to properties within Omagh and determine if a viable flood alleviation scheme could be taken forward to enhance the existing flood protection to the town. Unfortunately at that time no feasible option was identified which provided the necessary standard of protection.
"This is why I have asked that officials review this feasibility study taking account of revised climate change guidance and considering opportunities for natural flood risk management to determine if any viable options can now be identified to reduce flood risk and achieve the design standard of protection.
"I also want to take this opportunity to commend the work of the Regional Community Resilience Group (RCRG), that is jointly led by my Department, in supporting communities in Omagh to enhance their preparation for, and response to, severe weather events."
It is anticipated that the study will commence early in 2022. It is expected to take 12-18 months to complete.