Cork City Council will have to spend almost €35m on flood repairs and future preventative measures following last month’s devastating floods.
The figure excludes the cost of damage to individual homes and businesses which is expected to run into tens of millions of euro.
Approximately €10m has already been spent by the city council on essential flood measures such as repairing the damaged water pumps on the Lee Road, purchasing water bottles, replacing mobile homes and overtime payments for council workers.
It will cost €18m to upgrade the Lee Road waterworks and construct the water pump’s plant room at a higher level to guard against flooding.
Some €2m will be needed to repair the quay walls on Grenville Place and Sunday’s Well.
Flood damage costs €35m.
An estimated €3m will be spent on building a new water main from the Wilton Road roundabout to the Lee Road to link the county and city water systems to ensure future security of supply.
The figures come following a City Council report which shows that the ESB underestimated the volume of water it needed to release from the Inniscarra Dam.
In his report to City Councillors last night, the City Manager Joe Gavin made a number of recommendations to safeguard the city’s water supply for the future.
He said the most urgent priority now is to seek €18m from the Department of the Environment to carry out upgrades at the Lee Road Water Treatment Plant.