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Cork flood defence scheme September 2019: Sullivans Quay with demountable barriers erected during a flood.
Cork flood defence scheme September 2019: Sullivans Quay with demountable barriers erected during a flood.
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OPW release new Cork flood defence images to allay 'misunderstanding' and 'misrepresentation' of the scheme

Further images of the planned flood defences for Cork have been published in order to allay fears raised by the public over the project.

The flood embankment at Fitzgerald's Park with a riverside walkway that the OPW say they retained on foot of public feedback.
The flood embankment at Fitzgerald's Park with a riverside walkway that the OPW say they retained on foot of public feedback.
It is planned to construct €140 million in flood defences along 15 kilometres of the River Lee from west of Ballincollig to the eastern tip of the Cork city island.

New riverside civic space at Lee Fields
New riverside civic space at Lee Fields
The Lower Lee Flood Relied Scheme (LLFRS) represents the largest State investment in flood defence ever undertaken in the country.

City councillors were today briefed on the project by City Hall officials and the Office of Public works (OPW).

1970's railing relaced by riverside walkway at George's quay
1970's railing relaced by riverside walkway at George's quay
In a statement this afternoon, LLFRS said they were releasing the new images to "assuage genuine misunderstanding about the Scheme" and to also challenge "significant misrepresentation" of it as well.

Riverside amenity and facilities at Lee Fields
Riverside amenity and facilities at Lee Fields
The current flood scheme proposes flood embankments along the Lee Fields and Fitzgerald's Park along with various upgrades to quay walls in the city centre.

Enhanced riverside route towards docklands at Albert Quay West
Enhanced riverside route towards docklands at Albert Quay West
However, there has been significant opposition to the current proposal. The Save Cork City organisation has been campaigning for an alternative downstream tidal barrier across Cork harbour.

Improved setting for Shakey Bridge
Improved setting for Shakey Bridge
Now the LLFRS has now restated the benefits of their proposal saying it includes a state-of-the-art flood forecasting system with revised operating procedures to regulate Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid dam. 

Kyrls Quay showing glass flood defence augmenting existing quayside parapet
Kyrls Quay showing glass flood defence augmenting existing quayside parapet
"It involves the creation of washlands to the west of the city, an enhanced early flood warning system, diversion of waters from the south channel into north channel and low-level quay side defences," the OPW said.

New Pedestrian and cycle quayside amenity at Lapps Quay West
New Pedestrian and cycle quayside amenity at Lapps Quay West
"The Scheme will facilitate public realm improvements on a scale not previously seen in Cork city centre, making it more attractive to live in and visit. These improvements which include walkways and cycleways will encourage a switch from cars to other more environmentally friendly transport modalities."

New access point for river users at Albert Quay West
New access point for river users at Albert Quay West
The OPW also said that the river will be more 'open' as a result of the works to the quaysides, through additional access points, pontoons and moorings. Over 900 homes and 1200 businesses will be protected.

"About two thirds of public river frontage will have open railings after the Scheme is completed and it will create approximately 8km of new or improved riverside walk and cycleways from the Lee Fields to the City Centre."