“I don’t think money is the issue,” he said.“I think it is just the process and the best ‘guestimate’ at this stage is that we may be in a construction phase sometime around 2017.”“Unfortunately, it will not be before then,” he declared.The Office of Public Works (OPW) repeatedly warned that the Cork scheme is extremely complex with a significant number of challenging design details.
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Cork is expected to receive up to 70mm of rainfall in a 24 hour period up to 10pm this evening.
High spring tides this morning caused flooding in low lying areas including Morrison’s Quay, Lavitt’s Quay, Sharman-Crawford Street, However, property owners were also warned to take every possible precaution to protect against any flooding that might occur.
Cork traders have repeatedly warned that the proposed €50m flood plan for the city needs to be accelerated.Ireland’s most flood-prone city won’t have its new protection scheme fully in place for another four years.Cork traders said they don’t believe construction work will begin until 2017 – meaning the flood defence network won’t be fully operational until 2019.However, the Government and OPW opted for a €50m flood protection plan based on riverside defences rather than a Thames-style tidal barrier because the latter could cost as much as €1bn.The OPW plan includes major embankments for the Lee Fields, flood walls by the Mardyke and increasing the height of all existing lowcity centre quay walls with structures of between 1.2m and 1.5m in height.It also includes the covering of some vulnerable culverts and work to both bridges and drains to enhance water flow at peak discharge periods.