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Save Cork City has its own flood plan

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 1:01am

A group opposed to flood defence plans for Cork city will reveal its own plan tomorrow.

Save Cork City has been lobbying against the Office of Public Work’s (OPW) multi-million euro flood defence plan for the past number of months.

The OPW’s plans is to build new walls and embankments along the River Lee, while also raising existing quay walls on the north and south channels of the river.

It is also due to include flood gates and barriers at various locations, among other works.

Save Cork City will present their three-point plan for flood protection for Cork in St Peter’s, North Main Street on Friday at 6pm.

The group has revealed its plan to the Cork Independent, which includes building a tidal barrier in Little Island, repairing of the quayside landscape and slowing the flow of the River Lee.

Friday will present an opportunity for Save Cork City to showcase their plan, but is also a way for the group to say a “huge thank you for all the support and goodwill we have received from the businesses and residents of Cork,” said Seán Antóin Ó Muirí, spokesperson for the group.

He told the Cork Independent: “It’s clear that our generation in Cork does not want to be known as the generation that turned its back on the river, our legacy needs to be much more than this, we need a vision for what the River Lee can be.

“Save Cork City’s proposal is dynamic and achievable. It understands the importance of the River Lee for Cork.”

He continued: “It represents an opportunity to enhance and protect Cork for the benefit of all. The potential that exists in Cork is phenomenal, the Lee is our greatest asset, it is what defines our city and we can never lose sight of this.”

Those wishing to attend the presentation must book a place by emailing savecorkcity@gmail.com as places are limited.

THE PLAN

Save Cork City propose that the Little Island barrier would also have a gate that can be closed as necessary to protect the city from tidal surge. It says that the location would allow for sufficient water storage and the projection of and development of the city and dockland. This wouldn’t cause any disturbance to the current river landscape in the city or to the city economy during its construction, the group says.

Save Cork City’s second part of the proposal is to repair of all quay walls and walkways of the river channels of the city, giving particular attention to national and international guidelines for design in historic places.

It wants to reveal the historic diversity of the landscape through conservation, restoration and restrained design intervention, leading to an upgraded civic experience and improved river access.

Slowing the flow of the river is the third part of the plan.

This management of the River Lee includes tree planting, wetland restoration, diversion and attenuation, reinstatement of ditches and alteration of land drainage methods in co-operation with landowners and optimal dam management. Save Cork City says that this solution aims to reduce the flow of the river into the city centre and means that sustained rainfall shouldn’t lead to fast water flow.

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