Public Consultation to Start Next Week on €34million Flood Relief Scheme for Midleton

By Seamus Whelehan

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Public Participation on the suite of potential options for the town’s Flood Relief Scheme takes place on Saturday, 7th March between 11:00am and 6:00pm in the Midleton Park Hotel.

The community will have four weeks after the public participation day to have their say. The feedback received from the public will be considered when developing the Preferred Option for Midleton.

The need for flood relief for the Midleton area has been proven over the past number of years.
A study carried out on behalf of the OPW revealed that 240 homes and businesses were affected by the flood of January 2016. Overall, 400 homes and 180 businesses remain at risk during future flood events.

Representatives from Cork County Council, operating on behalf of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and project consultants Ove Arup, will be there to answer questions.

A number of possible measures to prevent flooding in Midleton, Ballinacurra and Waterrock will also be presented.

The options are the result of four years studying underground flow routes, as well as the Dungourney and Owenacurra Rivers.

The project also looked at both fluvial flooding (where excessive rainfall over an extended period of time causes a river to exceed its capacity) and pluvial flooding (flooding that results from rainfall generated over land flow, before runoff enters any watercourse or sewer), ground water and surface water.

It also includes a number of bore holes to help understand how ground water travels in passages along bedrock.

This is the first time that all four types of flood risk will be examined in one scheme in Cork.

There are 5 distinct phases involved in the OPW Flood Relief Schemes.

Stage 1 feasibility and preferred option selection
Stage 2 environmental assessment and planning
Stage 3 detail design and procurement of works contract
Stage 4 confirmation of the scheme
Stage 5 construction and handover.

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