Requirements of the Agency
The Agency is required to regulate and control water levels in Lough Neagh within a specified range, that is 12.450 metres to 12.600 metres Ordnance Datum, as defined in the Lough Neagh Levels Scheme (1955) (as amended).
Water levels in the lough are controlled by means of flood gates at Toome at the head of the Lower Bann river. Further control within the Lower Bann River is managed by two sets of flood gates. These are located at Portna (near Kilrea), and The Cutts at Coleraine.
The channel in the Lower Bann River, downstream of Lough Neagh, tends to impede the rate of outflow from the lough during periods of heavy rainfall. At such times the floodgates at Toome are fully opened, where possible, in advance of an anticipated rise in water level.
Lough Neagh level
|Wednesday 29 March 2017||12.503m OD Belfast|
The current level is 97mm below high statutory maximum.
All five gates at Toome are open 0.3m to vent flow and lower Lough level.
Rivers Agency will not be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from the use or interpretation of this information.
For queries please contact our Coleraine Office. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Contact details for the Coleraine office
District Council areas covered by this office:
37 Castleroe Road
Tel: 028 7034 2357
Fax: 028 7032 0628
(Please note all requests for information relating to the location of any watercourses or Rivers Agency apparatus in a specific area should be sent to email@example.com)
Contact details for Lower Bann navigation
Waterways Ireland has responsibility for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. The waterways under the remit of Waterways Ireland include the Lower Bann.
For information on the Lower Bann navigation contact Waterways Ireland Coleraine office by telephone on 028 7034 4342 by fax on 028 7035 9530 or via the Waterways Ireland website.