New flood relief project to defend and protect over 2,000 properties in Cork – Buttimer

-   Senator Jerry Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Jerry Buttimer, has said that the new flood relief project for Cork city aims to defend and protect over 2,000 properties.

“We all remember when Cork suffered its worst flooding in 2009 and we have unfortunately experienced many floods since. These have caused a lot of distress to many and left business people and home owners unable to get insurance cover when they want to renew.

“I’m delighted to see details of the €140 million flood relief project for Cork city being revealed today by Seán Canney, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief. I am very happy to hear that construction of flood barriers is due to begin next year.

“The flood plan involves the use of walls and embankments, a new flood forecasting system for the River Lee, revised operating procedures for the ESB dams on the Lee and Drainage improvements.

“The new scheme will be on Public Exhibition from today until the 20th of January 2016 at the following locations:

  • The Foyer, Civic Offices, Anglesea St., Cork.
  • The Foyer, County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd, Cork.
  • Public Library, Ballincollig, Cork.
  • Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork.

“This will be the largest flood relief scheme in Irish history and it is very welcome that construction on the project around the city’s Morrison’s Island, is expected to begin early next year.”

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