Ap­proval sought for €8m Glan­mire flood relief plan

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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