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Flood Risk Management

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 20 January 2022

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Questions (65)

Christopher O'Sullivan


65. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will investigate the ongoing issue with flooding at Faxbridge roundabout in Clonakilty, County Cork following on from the OPW works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2517/22]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme was undertaken by the Office of Public Works in partnership with Cork County Council, and was substantially completed in February 2021, providing protection to 296 properties against river and tidal flooding.

The surface water issues at Faxbridge roundabout are a road/surface drainage issue, are not connected with the works, and did not fall within the scope of the Flood Relief Scheme in Clonakilty.

There are pre-existing capacity issues in the surface water drainage line on the Old Timoleague Road. This pipe crosses Ring Road and outfalls at Deasy’s Quay. In Spring tides combined with weather conditions - heavy rain, wind strength and direction, and low pressure - drainage from this pipe is limited for a time around high tide time, and water collects at the junction with Ring Road.

Following the construction of the flood defence wall at Deasy’s Quay, the open outlet for the collected water was cut off, and the existing pipe outlet, which was incorporated into the flood wall, did not accommodate for this water.

The Office of Public Works has agreed to support Cork County Council to develop the best approach to address this issue at this location, and is committed to working together with the Local Authority to resolve the issues.