AN BORD Pleanála has approved the development of the Douglas Flood Relief Scheme, Cork County Council has confirmed.
Construction on the €12m project is estimated to get underway next year and be completed by 2020. The project will be managed by ARUP.
Douglas was the victim of a serious flash flood in 2012 which caused damage to local businesses and has left business and homeowners with difficulties in getting insurance.
The works will consist of flood defence walls and embankments; new culverts; replacement, widening and extension of existing culverts; channel widening, deepening, realignment and regrading; channel maintenance; bank stabilisation; removal of existing trash screens and construction of new trash screens; bridge removal; bridge replacement; road regrading; underground pumping stations; service diversions, relocation of two ESB substations; tree felling, tree planting and landscaping and other associated and ancillary works.
A culvert underneath Church Road will be replaced with flood defence walls planned for Ravensdale.
Work will also include updating existing culverts on the Tramore River between Lehenaghmore Industrial Estate and Greenwood Estate in Togher, while flood alleviation measures will be installed along the Tramore River/Ballybrack stream to provide protection to properties.
The scheme has been complicated by knotweed along the riverside but ARUP said they have taken a “proactive” approach to the issue and have an invasive species management plan in place for construction.