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OPW reveal flood report

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:05pm

A report on Cork city's planned food relief scheme has been published.

On Wednesday, the Office of Public Works (OPW) and its consultants Arup published the Lower Lee (Cork city) Flood Relief Scheme Exhibition Report.

The OPW says that the report responds to and addresses the issues which were raised by the public as part of the statutory public consultation process on the proposed Scheme which ran from December 2016 to April 2017.

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran said: “The publication of this exhibition report is a key milestone in the progression of this highly important project for Cork City and its environs and for the country as a whole."

The Cork City Flood Relief Scheme when it is constructed, the minister said, will be the largest ever flood relief scheme undertaken in Ireland and will provide protection to 2,100 properties, including 900 homes and 1,200 businesses, extending from Inniscarra Dam to the City Centre. It is designed to best international standards to provide protection against the one in 100 year fluvial and one in 200 year tidal flood events.

During the public consultation phase, members of the public were able to make their comments on the scheme and more than 1,100 made submissions on it.

The OPW say that it will be responding over the coming months to each individual and organisation that made a submission.

The OPW said that the report published yesterday brings together the main outcomes of the public consultation process, explains the essential facts about the scheme and answers the questions raised by the public during the formal consultation process particularly in relation to suggested alternative measures to address flooding in Cork City.

The Minister concluded: “I am satisfied that the exhibition report shows that the OPW has listened to concerns raised during the consultation process and has responded to and addressed these in a positive and constructive way.

“I look forward to the start of the first phase of the Scheme which will be submitted for planning by Cork City Council in early 2018 as part of an integrated Public Realm project for the Morrison’s Island area of the City. This will provide protection for the City against tidal flooding and construction works are planned to commence in 2018.”

In a joint statement, Cork Chamber of Commerce and Cork Business Association have welcomed the progress shown in the detail and design of the Lower Lee flood relief scheme following publication of the OPW consultation report. Both organisations believe that the development of an appropriate flood defence scheme is critical for business in Cork.

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