The Office of Public Works (OPW) is continuing to carry out repair works on damaged flood defences on the River Maine Scheme. Given the extent of works required and the limitations of available resources, works are prioritised and carried out on a planned phased basis.
Emergency repair works were carried to a breached embankment at Garrane, Killorglin, in February of this year. These works included bringing in approximately 10,000 tonnes of suitable clay material to repair the damaged embankment, and were completed over a period of approximately three weeks.
Available OPW resources are currently committed to repair of a major breach at Ardcanaght, and two other locations are prioritised for attention. When these are completed, OPW will return to Garrane to carry out additional works, including further strengthening of the repaired defence, installation of a new sluice structure and opening up of a back drain network. A level and condition survey of the entire 6 kilometres of OPW flood defence at Garrane will be conducted in the coming weeks.