Midleton and surrounding areas have experienced a number of extreme flood events in recent years. This project follows on from the Lee Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Study (CFRAMS) and the major flood event of December 2015.
Further to this study and review of past flood events, Cork County Council has recognised that there are four sources of flood risk in the Owenacurra and Dungourney River catchments comprising of fluvial (river), tidal, pluvial (rainfall) and groundwater flooding. Cork County Council, acting as an agent for the Office of Public Works (OPW), intends to develop a robust flood relief scheme to address these flood sources.
The Draft Catchment Flood Risk Management Plan was published in February 2010 and recommended the following for the Midleton sub-catchment:
Review feasibility of Fluvial Flood Forecasting System
Targeted Public Awareness and Education Campaign
Permanent Flood Walls and/or Embankments to manage both tidal and fluvial risk, along the Owenacurra River Estuary and along the Dungourney and Owenacura Rivers through Midleton
The purpose of this project is to assess and develop a viable, cost effective and sustainable Flood Relief Scheme to alleviate flooding along the Owenacurra and Dungourney Rivers.
Due to the diversity, complexity and aesthetic sensitivity of the engineering measures required, design consultants with proven specialist expertise have been engaged to carry out the detailed design of the scheme. Arup has been appointed by Cork County Council to undertake the design and implementation of the Midleton FRS. Arup will be designing the flood defence and river engineering works, and preparing the Environmental Impact Assessment.
In order to assist the engineering consultants with their design, a number of specialist consultants will be engaged to address certain areas including; Ecology, Fisheries and Cultural Heritage. Particular attention will be paid to the appearance of the works and the visual amenity of the riverscape, including at the Baby Walk Park.
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The project will comprise five stages, as set out below (please note the timelines are the best estimate at the time of writing):
Development of a number of flood relief options and the identification of a preferred Scheme
Complete by mid 2020
Public Exhibition of Scheme / Planning Process
Complete by mid 2021
Detailed Design, Confirmation and Tender
Complete by 2022
Stages 4 & 5
Construction and Handover of the Works
Commence in 2023
The study area consists of the Owenacurra and Dungourney Rivers and their tributaries.