Midleton flood relief target to be hit

Midleton flood relief target to be hit

A target date 2022 for constructions works on a flood relief scheme will be met, Cork County Council has insisted.

Traders, in particular, in Midleton remain on tender-hooks in a town which suffered significant damage from flooding, including a devastating 2015 storm.

Dave Clarke, the senior engineer for the region, assured county councillors a planning process for the project will get underway in 2020 and a detailed design completed in 2021.

Independent councillor Noel Collins sought temporary works, in the mean time, to help lessen the potential impact of further floods for business and family homes in the east Cork town.

Proposing yearly dredging of local rivers and flushing out of a drainage system, the country’s longest-serving councillor said he had been seeking flood defences for Midleton for 53 years.

Mr Clarke advised the council had invested in emergency pumps which would be used to combat flooding. He said that they had been used to good effect, even as recently as December 15.

It was, said Mr Clarke, one of the measures adopted as part of “a flood response plan” following the 2015 flood damage. The council is also providing an advance flood alert service in Midleton.

More on this topic

Cork flood defence: Independent review must be takenCork flood defence: Independent review must be taken

Vital Cork flood-prevention scheme delayed furtherVital Cork flood-prevention scheme delayed further

Demountable barriers part of Cork city’s flood planDemountable barriers part of Cork city’s flood plan

Cork flood defence opponents ignoring ‘holistic approach’Cork flood defence opponents ignoring ‘holistic approach’

More in this Section

Ireland 'cannot do a side deal' with the UK, says CoveneyIreland 'cannot do a side deal' with the UK, says Coveney

Gardaí very concerned for welfare of woman, 64, missing from DublinGardaí very concerned for welfare of woman, 64, missing from Dublin

515 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals515 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals

Irish mum in US horrified at 'bullet-proof' schoolbagsIrish mum in US horrified at 'bullet-proof' schoolbags


Lifestyle

Triathlete Carolyn Hayes is flat out. Since October 2018, she’s literally been racing around the world.On the treble: Triathlete Carolyn Hayes goes flat out to win a place in the Olympics

Children starting or going back to school is a reminder of how we all need an energy boost when sitting at a desk for hours, no matter what our age.Energy fix: Top 8 snacks for children

A sommelier shares her top tips.The dos and don’ts of serving wine – you just might have been doing it all wrong

It’s that time of year again; the long summer days are numbered, summer’s lease is all too short as she takes her last few breaths.Learning Points: Top tips on coping with back to school stress for you and the kids

More From The Irish Examiner