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Flood defence plan for Cork finally unveiled to the public

The plan will be on display to the public until the 20 January next year.

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A FLOOD DEFENCE plan for Cork was put on public display for the first time over the weekend –  almost two years after it was promised.

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

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

Fine Gael Cork Senator Jerry Buttimer welcomed the release of the plan.

“We all remember when Cork suffered its worst flooding in 2009 and we have unfortunately experienced many floods since. These have caused a lot of distress to many and left business people and homeowners unable to get insurance cover when they want to renew.

“I’m delighted to see details of the €140 million flood relief project for Cork city being revealed today by Seán Canney, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief.

I am very happy to hear that construction of flood barriers is due to begin next year.

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The flood plan involves using walls and embankments, a new flood forecasting system for the River Lee, revised operating procedures for the ESB dams on the River Lee and Drainage improvements.

The new scheme will be on Public Exhibition from today until the 20 of January 2017 at the following locations:
• The Foyer, Civic Offices, Anglesea Street
• The Foyer, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road
• Public Library, Ballincollig
• Central Library, Grand Parade.

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