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OPW Publishes Report on Public Consultation on Cork City Flood Relief Scheme

The Office of Public Works (OPW) and its consultants Arup published the Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme Exhibition Report which responds to and addresses the issues which were raised by the public as part of the statutory public consultation process on the proposed scheme which ran from December 2016 -April 2017.

Minister Kevin "Boxer" Moran said: "The Cork City Flood Relief Scheme when it is constructed will be the largest ever flood relief scheme undertaken in Ireland and will provide protection to 2,100 properties, including 900 homes and 1,200 businesses, extending from Inniscarra Dam to the city centre. It is designed to best international standards to provide protection against the 1 in 100 year fluvial and one in 200 year tidal flood events".

The scheme has been developed in close collaboration with all key stakeholders, including Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the ESB. During the public consultation phase, members of the public were able to make their comments on the Scheme and over 1,100 made submissions on the scheme.

The OPW will be responding over the coming months to each individual and organisation that made a submission. The report published today brings together the main outcomes of the public consultation process, explains the essential facts about the scheme and answers the questions raised by the public during the formal consultation process particularly in relation to suggested alternative measures to address flooding in Cork City.

The Minister said: "The OPW has a proven track record in the delivery of effective flood relief schemes which provide technical, economic and environmentally sound solutions and afford the best protection and benefits to communities affected by flooding. The Cork scheme takes account of architectural, environmental and heritage considerations raised during the public consultation process and provides a technically feasible and integrated flood defence solution for the City in line with best international standards. It has also been designed in order that it is adaptable to provide greater protection in the future in response to climate change".

"There is a long history of flooding in Cork City most recently in November 2009, February 2014 and in winter 2015/16 with significant damage estimated at over €130 million to commercial and residential property in Cork,"  he said.

The Exhibition Reports are available below and on

Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme

Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme-Exhibition Report

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