Views sought on Limerick’s €10m flood relief plans

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Flooding in St Mary's Park in February 2014: Local good samaritan Ger Hogan delivers residents to dry land. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
A PUBLIC consultation on the King’s Island flood relief scheme will be held next week, to better protect the northside after the flooding which devastated the area in early 2014.

A PUBLIC consultation on the King’s Island flood relief scheme will be held next week, to better protect the northside after the flooding which devastated the area in early 2014.

Residents, businesses and interested parties are invited to attend the public consultation workshop on Wednesday next, October 7, which is being hosted by JBA, one of the two consultants working on the scheme, estimated to cost €10m, alongside Arup Consulting Engineers.

“At this early stage of the project it is important that we have the opportunity to listen to the views of those who will be living and working near the scheme, and others who may also have an interest in the long term plans,” advised a spokesperson for JBA.

It will be held from 12pm-7pm in the offices of Limerick City and County Council at Merchants Quay.

JBA have set up a special website dedicated to the project at www.kingsislandfrs.ie

They note that as King’s Island is surrounded by the tidal waters of the River Shannon and the Abbey River, “the island is susceptible to both coastal and fluvial flood risk. “Very significant flooding occurred in spring 2014 when the existing defences failed locally, both overtopping and through breach, allowing flood waters onto the Island and surrounding areas,” they outline.

“Major improvements to the flood defences are required to try to prevent re-occurrences of such flood events. With this in mind, Limerick City and County Council have appointed the Arup JBA team to assess, develop and design a viable, cost-effective and sustainable flood relief scheme which aims to minimise risk to the existing community, social amenity, environment and landscape character.”

Mayor Jerry O’Dea said a “hugely important” step had been taken with initial designs to be presented to residents. He anticipates there will be action on the first part of the project - at Verdant Place - one of the affected areas “early in the new year.”

The Office of Public Works is providing €427,000 for the initial plans for the scheme, and will fund the rest in stages, with the overall project estimated to cost over €10m, when it is fully completed by mid-2017.