Approval sought for €8m Glanmire flood relief plan
The Office of Public Works has submitted an official application to the Department of Public Expenditure seeking the green light to proceed with an €8 million flood relief plan for the Glanmire area.
County council officials, acting on behalf of the Office of Public Works, confirmed an approval application for the River Glashaboy flood relief scheme has been lodged and they are progressing the tender package.
The council’s Colm Brennan, an acting senior executive engineer working on the project, said it was the local authority’s intention to advertise a tender in advance of ministerial confirmation “to have a contractor ready to go, as soon as confirmation is received”.
Six years ago, on June 28, a devastating flood hit the Glanmire area. It caused millions of euro of damage to more than 80 businesses and house holders in the Sallybrook, Riverstown, and Glanmire village areas.
Houses, commercial premises and a car sales showrooms and garage were badly hit in Sallybrook.
Downstream, more than a dozen retail units in the Hazelwood Shopping Centre were engulfed and the underground car park at Ryan’s SuperValu in the adjacent Crestfield Shopping Centre was turned into an Olympicsized swimming pool.
In nearby Meadowbrook Estate, 49 houses were badly damaged. Some experienced nearly 6ft of water and a number of residents had to be rescued on inflatable boats.
In Glanmire village itself, a number of houses and business premises were also deluged.
The OPW is planning to build a series of walls and earth embankments along the river, from Sallybrook down to the estuary.
It also plans to put in larger culverts, pumping stations, and to raise the road bridge between the Hazelwood and Crestfield shopping centres as part of the flood prevention plan.