Details of a €140m flood relief project for Cork city have been revealed, with construction of flood barriers due to begin next year.

The Government has said the project will bring protection to more than 2,000 properties.

Cork suffered its worst flooding in 2009, with homes and businesses suffering €100m worth of damage as the city centre was inundated.

But regular floods before and after November 2009 made matters worse for householders and business people and many of those whose burden was eased by property insurance were refused cover when they went to renew.

It has taken seven years to draft a preferred flood relief scheme for the city, details of which were revealed at a series of briefings this morning.

The project will cost €140m in current prices. It will be the biggest flood relief scheme ever undertaken in the State and construction will begin next year.

The plan involves the construction of direct defences through the city through the use of walls and embankments, a new flood forecasting system for the River Lee, and revised operating procedures for the ESB dams on the Lee.

The plan will go on display for six weeks from 20 January 2017 and submissions from the public are invited.

A spokesperson for residents of the Mardyke area of Cork city has described proposals to install flood defences in the city as "the next piece of the jigsaw puzzle".

Barry Keane said that the city is barely above sea level as it stands, so something has to be done.

Mr Keane said the city had been flooded four times in the past five years and the biggest problem was the lack of insurance cover for flooding, which has meant residents are unable to sell their homes so they are "effectively frozen in and stuck where they are".