Flood plan wait over

Flood plan wait over

A computer-generated view of how the raised quay walls will look on Sullivan’s Quay.

CORK’S long-awaited €140m flood-defence scheme will be three times larger than any other flood prevention scheme ever carried out in the State.

The overdue plans for the Cork City flood relief scheme were finally published today, almost two years behind schedule.

It will be the largest scheme ever undertaken in Ireland and will cost an estimated €140m.

Its aim is to protect more than 2,100 properties, made up of almost 900 residential and 1,200 non-residential properties.

New raised quay walls, flood embankments, a flood alert system and changes to how water is discharged from the two upriver dams form part of the defence scheme.

Because of the size of the scheme, it will be constructed in six separate phases. 

The first phase will include protecting Morrison's Island from the regular tidal flooding which can overflow into the city centre. It is hoped construction on this phase will begin in 2017.

Subsequent phases are expected to begin at the western edge of the city.

The flood defence plans will be on display for six weeks until January 20. The public will have until February 17, to submit comments on the proposals.

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