300 areas deemed to be at risk
THE Office of Public Works (OPW) has designated 300 areas across the country as requiring detailed assessment to determine the flood risk and what measures are needed to protect homeowners and business.
The areas include 90 coastal communities, with the works required estimated at €1bn.
Thousands of people have been affected by extreme flooding events in recent years, with insurers estimating the damage last winter alone at €46m. Among the river danger points are:
Cork: Cork city, Skibbereen and Bandon have been extensively flooded on a number of occasions, and a relief scheme is expected to begin next year.
River Blackwater: Fermoy and Mallow have both been affected.
River Barrow: In November 2009, Carlow town centre was closed due to flooding. Flood relief schemes are under way, but works are also needed at Tullow, Ballymurphy, Leighlinbridge and Tinnahinch.
River Fergus: Ennis has been flooded on a number of occasions, with works under way.
Dublin: Local flooding occurs in low-lying areas from the River Dodder and Wad River. the River Liffey has also caused problems in Newbridge, Clane, Celbridge and Leixlip.
River Suir: This flows through Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir and has caused extensive damage.