Skibbereen flood contract

Seated L to R: Noel O’Keeffe, County Engineer; Cllr Jim Daly, Mayor of Cork County; Kevin Power, Director RPS Consulting Engineers; Martin Riordan, County Manager; Brendan Brice RPS Consulting Engineers. Standing L to right: Dave Clarke, Joan Dineen and Claire Foley, Cork County Council; Dan McCarthy, Chairman & Cathal O’Donovan, Secretary Skibbereen Floods Committee; Cllr. Adrian Healy, Skibbereen Town Council

Cork County Council signs contract for River Ilen (Skibbereen) Flood
Risk Assessment & Management Study

Cork County Council has today (14th February, 2011) signed a contract with
RPS Consulting Engineers Ltd. of Ballincollig, Co. Cork to complete the River
Ilen (Skibbereen) Flood Risk Assessment & Management Study. Skibbereen
has been inundated with flood waters many times over the years all of which
have been well documented by the Skibbereen Flood’s Committee.
devastating floods of 2009 and some more recent ‘near misses’ have kept the
local community in a state of heightened alert.
County Mayor, Cllr Jim Daly, who signed the contract on behalf of CCC
expressed his delight at this significant step being taken towards resolving the
flooding issue in Skibbereen. “Skibbereen townspeople’s endurance has been
tested on several occasions and their patience is running out” he said.
RPS will be applying their expertise in the areas of hydrology, hydraulic and
river engineering and environmental services to identify the most appropriate
flood relief scheme to reduce the impact of flooding in Skibbereen from the
River Ilen and its tributaries. RPS has now commenced working on Stage I
of the project at a cost of €213,000.
Cork County Council also intends to carry out further river cleaning works this
summer between Curragh Bridge and New Bridge, subject to availability of
funding. Works carried out last summer by the Council have had a beneficial
effect in the vicinity of Curragh Bridge.
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