A detailed assessment of
flood risk in Buncrana, based on present day and future
scenarios, is being undertaken. Topographical surveys of
watercourses, adjacent lands and property thresholds of
residential and commercial premises are now
required. These works will capture the data needed to
build an up to date computer model of the scheme area.
The model will simulate flow scenarios in detail to
define flood extent and depth. Model outputs will
identify properties at risk from flooding and inform
design of flood protection measures. All measures will
be subject to a rigorous environmental assessment.
Murphy Geospatial have been appointed to carry out
survey works in the Buncrana area on the following
• 21st September to 27th October 2021: River Channel
Surveys (River Crana, Mill River, Buncrana River,
Ballymacarry and Luddan).
• 27th September to 28th October 2021: Land and Property
Threshold Survey (Buncrana, Ballymagan, Ballymacarry,
Balamacarry Lower, Cockhill, Lisfannon and Luddan).
Murphy Geospatial will
record levels at the lowest point on the property which
may be susceptible to flood risk, the threshold level.
Generally, this is the front door of the property and
can be recorded from the public road. However, in some
cases, if the lowest point is at the rear of the
property, or if there is a shed or secondary building on
the property, an additional threshold level may need to
be recorded which may not be visible from the public
road. In these cases the surveyors may require access to
the property to record the level. The survey should take
no longer than 15 minutes. Ecological surveys are also
ongoing in the area over the coming weeks.
Donegal County Council has obtained necessary health,
safety and bio-security statements from the surveyors
demonstrating their protocols and procedures,
particularly in relation to Covid-19. All surveyors will
carry identification badges.
You can find out more about the project on the Buncrana
Flood Relief Scheme website at
Should you have any queries please contact the Flood
Relief Schemes Unit in Donegal County Council through
the contact centre on 074 91 53900 or email