Collins Seeks Dam Release for Midleton Flooding

By Seamus Whelehan

Water drops on glass

Midleton will remain vulnerable to extreme storms and intense downpours until at least 2023- that’s the response by Cllr Noel Collins to an update which he received on the Midleton Flood Relief Programme.

As climate changes and rainfall records are broken, the Independent Cllr told the February Sitting of the East Cork Municipality that he fears the District’s inability to tackle the floods it will bring.

Fighting 53 years for Midleton flood protection, Mr Collins was advised on Monday it will be at least 4 more years before the scheme is delivered.

The latest data released to the Municipal District states that the Midleton Flood Relief Project will go through the planning process next year, detailed design and tendering will take place in 2021, with construction to commence a year later.

Senior Engineer Cork Roads, Dave Clarke said while the multi million project is some time off, routine annual checking and flushing of key sections of the town’s surface water drainage system will continue.

Last December, the Midleton Town Emergency Flood pump was deployed and put into action when the Dungourney River burst its banks at the Baby Walk.

Mr Clarke said had that not happened, then sections of the Main Street were destined to flood.

He said while the emergency plan is in place, East Cork residents should continue to contact 021-4800048 in the event of an emergency out of hours.

During working hours the public, he said, should continue to contact the Midleton or Youghal District Office or County Hall.