Contracts were signed in County Hall yesterday for developing flood risk management schemes in Douglas, Glanmire, and Riverstick areas.
Douglas and Glanmire suffered millions of euro of damage in floods June 28, 2012. The majority of damage in Douglas was done to the town’s businesses, while in Glanmire more 60 houses and 20 businesses were deluged.
Many can no longer get flood insurance, and for those who still can, the premiums can be crippling.
The main damage to Riverstick, near Kinsale, was caused in a flood of Nov 2009, although there has been minor flooding there since.
Arup Engineers are to carry out the studies in Douglas an Glanmire, while TJ O’Connor & Associates have been given what is considered to be the smaller task in Riverstick.
County engineer David Keane said he expected it would take an average of three years for each of the schemes to be fully completed. However, he added that the consultants could identify some phases as suitable for fast-tracking.
The Douglas scheme is likely to involve providing embankment protection alongside the Douglas River and its tributaries, and may also include an early warning system.
In Glanmire, works are envisaged along the length of the River Glashaboy to protect properties in Sallybrook, Riverstown, and as far as the estuary’s head just north of Tivoli. Early warning systems are also likely to be incorporated.
Meanwhile, consultants will be asked to draw up plans for relief works to counter the River Stick flooding in Riverstick village, Ballindresrough, and Aghafantaun Bridge, north of Belgooly.