17 December 2016:

Details of a €140m flood relief project for Cork city have been revealed, with construction of flood barriers due to begin next year.

The Government has said the project will bring protection to more than 2,000 properties.

The project will cost €140m in current prices. It will be the biggest flood relief scheme ever undertaken in the State and construction will begin next year.

The plan involves the construction of direct defences through the city through the use of walls and embankments, a new flood forecasting system for the River Lee, and revised operating procedures for the ESB dams on the Lee.

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