Project that began in 2002 still unfinished
Published 02/08/2010 | 05:00
WORK on the Waterford City flood scheme began in 2002. And it is still not finished.
Notable for the metre-high glass floodwall that skirts the city's quays from Rice Bridge to Adelphi Quay, the city council has recently applied for planning permission for the remainder of the project.
When complete -- assuming the funding is available -- the city will be protected against the worst the elements can throw at it.
The scheme is designed to protect against a once-in-200-years event -- that is, an extreme flood event rarely seen.
The deluge that struck the country last November was a once-in-300-years event.
All along the Suir and St John's River is prone to flooding, and the scheme has been extended from the city's quays and out as far as the Tramore Road.
Planning permission has been sought to complete the project, which, if granted, will involve construction of flood walls and flood embankments along St John's River.
It should be finished in 2012, if granted permission.