Flood-risk residents to consider options in Glanmire

More than 60 householders and business owners, whose properties had been severely flooded nearly three years ago, will this week examine proposed “preferred flood relief options” for their area.

Flood-risk residents to consider options in Glanmire

An estimated €2m in damage was caused to the Glanmire area when torrential rain forced the Cork town’s Glashaboy river to burst its banks on June 28, 2012.

In the meantime, Arup in conjunction with JBA Consulting had been engaged by Cork County Council and the Office of Public Works to develop a flood relief scheme for the river and its tributaries in the vicinity of the Glanmire/Sallybrook area.

The series of measures and options which will make up the proposed flood relief scheme are being developed as part of an engineering study being conducted by the team. They are also preparing an Environmental Impact Statement.

A public information day, from 3pm-9pm, is scheduled for Friday next in Sarsfields GAA Club, Glanmire.

An Arup spokesman said the meeting will outline the project’s progress.

Works envisaged for the River Glashaboy will also protect properties in Sallybrook, Riverstown, and as far as the estuary’s head, just north of Tivoli. Early warning systems are likely to be incorporated.

All 48 houses in Meadowbrook Estate were flooded in 2012 with some residents forced out of their homes for six months afterwards.

A number of houses were also flooded in Sallybrook and Glanmire village, while dozens of businesses in the Hazelwood Shopping Centre sustained extensive damage.

Grandon’s car sales lost up to 40 new Toyota cars which had only been delivered the previous day.

Many property owners in the area no longer qualify for flood insurance and are anxious for the project to be completed as speedily as possible.

Local councillors will be briefed on Friday at the GAA centre while information about the scheme will remain on display in Glanmire library until February 27.

Arup advised anyone unable to attend the information day to submit comments in writing to Arup at 15 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, or email at glashaboyfrs@arup.com. A final public exhibition of the proposed scheme will take place at a later date.

Cllr Ger Keohane (SF) said it was hoped the project could be expedited as quickly as possible to give local residents and businesses some assurance going forward. It was imperative, he said, flood prevention works were completed so insurance companies would be compelled to offer policies locally.

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