CONCERNS over flooding is causing residents in a Glanmire housing estate to frantically secure their homes as heavy rain sees water levels on the Glashaboy River rise.
The Meadowbrook Estate in Glanmire is to be included in the Glashaboy River flood relief scheme which includes walls and embankments solutions but the €8.5m project is still awaiting Ministerial conformation and is not expected to reach the construction stage until quarter three of 2019.
Approximately 60 homes and a number of businesses were badly damaged in Glanmire in June 2012 when the River Glashaboy burst its banks following torrential rainfall. Most of these now cannot get flood insurance.
Councillor Ger Keohane (IND) said residents in Meadowbrook are extremely concerned that the housing estate, which runs along the river, will be flooded before the weekend.
“Glanmire is under threat of flooding and people can’t sleep,” he said.
“People are taking time off work to protect their homes. Residents of Meadowbrook are moving their cars off the estate. If their properties get flooded again, it’s curtains for the residents.
We need to write to Minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW) asking why there is another year of a delay on this scheme. Residents can’t continue to live there when their houses and businesses are under threat.” Antony Barry (FG) added: These people are on tenterhooks constantly and it is grossly unfair on them."
County Hall engineer Kevin Morey said the date of construction for the flood relief scheme is out of the local authority’s hands.
[The] issue in Glanmire is it is still awaiting Ministerial confirmation,” he said.
“This is the stage prior going out to tender. It has to go through a Ministerial confirmation,” he added.
Wastewater engineer at Cork County Council Kevin Costelloe said: “I don’t think it’s going to hold up this project and I don’t have any concerns over it."