Flooding in County Cork
There are a number of locations in County Cork that are at risk of flooding. Flooding can have a serious impact on communities both economically & socially. Being aware of the risks during a flood event in your area and being prepared can be vital. It allows appropriate action to be taken and therefore reducing potential damage to property. It is not only persons living or working in a flood risk area that should be aware of the risks, the general public also need to be aware of flooding & it's consequences e.g. when driving in a flooded area.
The main sources of flooding in your area are:
- River flooding: this occurs when a river cannot cope with the amount of water entering it.
- Coastal flooding: weather and tidal conditions can increase sea levels.
There are other types of flooding that also need to be considered:
- Surface water flooding: this happens when there is heavy rainfall on ground that is already saturated, or on paved areas where drainage is poor.
- Groundwater flooding: when rainfall causes the water that is naturally stored underground to rise to the surface it can flood low-lying areas.
- Drain and sewer flooding: this can occur during heavy rain when drains have become blocked or full.
- Broken water mains flooding: burst water mains can cause flooding underground and to basements of properties.
Be Prepared & Be Safe
Everyone should be prepared for river and coastal flooding, whether you are a householder or a business. You are the first line of defence against floods. It is your responsibility to protect yourself, your family and your property and possessions from flooding. You may believe that flood preparation isn't something you need to think about: perhaps you live or work in an area that hasn't been flooded before, or you live above ground level. Don't forget, roads leading to and from your home or workplace may get blocked by water. Power and water supplies may be cut. Or you may have friends or neighbours who would appreciate your help preparing for flooding.
No one can stop flooding from happening, but good preparation and flood defences can limit the devastating impact it can have on your home, business and community.
Flooding Projects in Cork County
Cork County Council in conjunction with the Office of Public Works (OPW) are currently undertaking a number of Flooding projects within the county to mitigate flood risk to a number of communities, including;
Major Flood Relief Schemes
Mallow Flood Relief Scheme - Mallow North constructed, Mallow South & West under construction.
Fermoy Flood Relief Scheme - Fermoy North constructed, Fermoy South at construction.
Bandon Flood Relief Scheme - Stage 3: Detailed Design.
Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme - Stage 2: Environmental Assessment & Planning.
Minor Flood Relief Schemes
Bandon Flood Early Warning System (CCC).
River Cleaning (e.g. Ballingeary, Inchigeelagh, Bandon, Skibbereen, Riverstick) - Gravel / Debris Removal to maintain existing channel capacity &/or Tree Cutting.
Repair/Rebuilding Key Walls.
Installation of non-return valves.
National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management
The national Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) programme commenced in Ireland in 2011. The CFRAM Programme is central to the medium to long-term strategy for the reduction and management of flood risk in Ireland. The OPW is the lead agency for flood risk management in Ireland and is working closely with all Local Authorities to deliver the Programme.
National CFRAMS Programme Information
To assist the national study, the country has been split into 6 regions, with Cork County Council involved in 3 regions;
• North-West / Neagh-Bann
• Shannon (including Milford & Charleville, Co. Cork)
• South-East (including the Townland of Carrigmore, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork)
• South-West (remainder of Co. Cork)