City flood relief work could take ten years

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St Mary's Park under water after the River Shannon burst its banks in 2014. Photo: Sean Curtin.
St Mary's Park under water after the River Shannon burst its banks in 2014. Photo: Sean Curtin.

PLANS for flood defences in various areas of the city and county are advancing but some areas won’t get to first base until 2025 and will take up to five years after that to complete.

At Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting of the local authority, Limerick City East councillor Catherine Slattery (FF) was told that there are a number of schemes included in the Limerick City and Environs Flood Relief Scheme and it is envisaged that several contractors may be employed to work on the schemes individually.

Schemes for Annacotty and Mountshannon Road are among those which will be advanced outside of the slower overall scheme for the city centre, the councillor was told in a written reply from Brian Kennedy, the Council’s Director of Services for Physical Development.

In Castleconnell, the scheme has moved to the hydraulic modelling stage and construction work is expected to start in 2023 and take seven months to complete.

City North Labour Party Councillor Conor Sheehan was told that the scheme of King’s Island is being considered by An Bord Pléanala and a decision is expected by the end of January.

The tender process can then begin and it’s hoped construction will begin in July next year and take two years.

He also asked about the scheme for Corbally which he was told may take longer, as it is included in the broader flood relief scheme for the city and environs and work on that scheme is not expected to begin before 2025.