Douglas flood defence works to start this autumn 

Douglas flood defence works to start this autumn 

Douglas village underwater during the flood in 2012. Flood defence works for the village are likely to start in the coming months. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

LONG-AWAITED flood defence works in Douglas are likely to start in Autumn, city councillors have been told.

The Douglas Flood Relief Scheme will begin at the community park after the project was handed over by Cork County Council to City Hall following May’s boundary expansion.

Douglas was hit by a serious flood in 2012 which caused damage to local businesses and has left traders and homeowners with difficulties in getting insurance.

Works on the estimated €13.5 million project will be divided into five areas.

St Patrick’s Woollen Mills will see the construction of a flood defence wall commence this winter after flood defence walls and riverbank stabilisation, widening and hard and soft landscaping are begun at Douglas Community Park. Replacement of the culvert at Church Road, river widening and flood defence wall construction is slated for summer of next year.

Access bridges, river widening and flood defence walls at Ravensdale and Ballybrack woods will commence in summer/autumn 2020, while culvert replacement, river regrading and course screen installation at Donnybrook Commercial Centre is likely in Autumn of next year.

In documents given to councillors at a briefing on the project, City Hall officials stated: “Cork City Council, in collaboration with Cork County Council, and the Office of Public Works intends to undertake engineering works along the Ballybrack Stream, Grange Stream and Tramore River with the objective of reducing the risk of flooding in the area of Douglas.

“The scheme is designed to provide protection to the design standard of one in 100-year rainfall and one in 200-year tidal event(s).

“The works contract has been divided into five areas...with the exception of area one, works in rivers are constrained to the months of May to September as required by the planning permission and Inland Fisheries. Also, following the principle that the works cannot increase the flood risk during the construction phase, instream works will start downstream and work upstream.”

Works at Douglas Community Park will include efforts to significantly improve the public realm of the area.

“The river will be visually opened to the park to create a pleasant riverside walking and viewing areas which are accessible and safe. Quality material and bespoke furniture will be incorporated to provide place making and flexible use of public space for community events.”

Councillor Deirdre Forde (FG) said she was delighted to hear works will progress, while Kieran McCarthy (IND) described the landscaping element of work at the community park as “positive”.

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