Public participation day for Midleton flood relief scheme

Public participation day for Midleton flood relief scheme
Pictured, left/right, was Ken Leahy, Project Director Arup, Kevin Morey, County Engineer, Valerie OÕSullivan, Divisional manager Cork County Council, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle, and Maurice Buckley, OPW Chairman.Photo: Cathal Noonan

A PUBLIC participation day on the Midleton Flood Relief scheme is set to be held this coming Saturday.

Major flood events have impacted the town on a number of occasions in recent years, which has two rivers flowing through it - the Owenacurra and Dungourney.

Cork County Council, working with the Office of Public Works, has commissioned Arup to develop a Flood Relief Scheme for the Midleton Area including Water Rock and Ballinacurra.

Since 2016, extensive research has been carried out and a range of potential viable options have been looked at to alleviate flooding in the East Cork town.

These include upstream storage, diversion channels or culverts, conveyance improvements, pumping and direct defences.

The event, which will show a range of options to the public, takes place from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, March 7 in Midleton Park Hotel. People will be invited to give feedback on the range of options.

Chief executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said: “We have seen severe damage to property and businesses in Midleton, Water Rock and Ballinacurra from flooding over the last few decades. 400 homes and 180 businesses continue to be at serious risk of flooding. Midleton Flood Relief Scheme is the most complex flood prevention scheme to date, to be carried out by Cork County Council on behalf of the Office of Public Works. Through this Public Participation Day, we aim to inform the public and stakeholders of the progress we have made so far and outline the suite of potential options available.” 

Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Ian Doyle welcomed the news, saying: “This is a hugely significant project for Midleton and no decision will be made before the public have had their opportunity to examine the options and give their feedback. I encourage everybody to attend this very important public participation event and to have your say.” 

The range of options will also be available on the project website, from March 7.

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