Plans for multi-million flood relief scheme to go on display in Cork

Monday 28 July 2014 23.36
Flooding caused millions of euro worth of damage to homes and businesses in Cork in 2009
Flooding caused millions of euro worth of damage to homes and businesses in Cork in 2009

Plans for the biggest flood relief scheme ever undertaken in Ireland are to go on public display in Cork tomorrow.

This afternoon, councillors in Cork city were briefed on the project which is expected to cost between €40 million and €60 million to complete.

The flood scheme will bring relief to some areas of Cork which were devastated by flooding in November 2009, when water from the River Lee in the west of the city met incoming high tides from the east.

The results were catastrophic and caused millions of euro worth of damage to many homes and businesses.

The Office of Public Works is overseeing a project team which is drafting a flood relief plan for Cork city.

It involves the construction of flood defence barriers; the development of a flood forecasting system and changes to flood management protocols at the ESB's Inniscarra Dam.

Provision is also being made for the flooding of land between the Inniscarra Dam and the city.

The completed project will not fully omit the threat of flooding. Work on the project is expected to begin in 2016, and will take three to four years to complete.