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Sunday 20 April 2014

Traders demand flood action

TRADERS and politicians in Cork are demanding emergency government action on a long-stalled, €100m-plus flood-defence plan.

The city remains on flood alert as businesses and homeowners attempt to clean up after a deluge of water caused havoc last Thursday.

Over recent days, floods swamped low-lying areas including Morrissons Quay, Fr Mathew Quay, Sharman-Crawford Street and Union Quay. At one point, diversions were in place on over a dozen roads in the county.

Cork Chamber of Commerce, Cork Business Association and former Lord Mayor Cllr John Buttimer (FG) warned that urgent action now needs to be taken by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on the FRAMS Lee flood defence study.

Under current plans, Cork won't get new flood defences until 2017.

Chamber President Gillian Keating said it was deeply frustrating that despite successive floods, little has been done to resolve concerns ranging from property damage to flood insurance refusals.

Irish Independent

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