Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme
Clare County Council and OPW have progressed a flood relief scheme for Ennis South. The purpose of the flood relief scheme is to develop design proposals and deliver a scheme which alleviates flooding in the Ennis South area.
The Ennis South area includes flood prone areas at St. Flannan’s/ Toberteascáin, Ballybeg, and properties adjoining the Clareabbey floodplain, which include Quin Road Business Park and Abbeyville Housing Estate.
The most severe flooding in living memory occurred in 2009, affecting St. Flannan’s College, Árd Aoibhinn and Tober Beg housing estates, and Ballybeg. Properties adjoining the Clareabbey floodplain were also at high risk of flooding.
A Steering Group has been established for the project. The group is chaired by Clare County Council and also includes OPW. Ryan Hanley provide engineering and environmental consultancy services to the Steering Group.
To date, the project has progressed through hydrological and hydraulic analysis, outline design, planning, geotechnical investigations, cost benefit analysis, detailed design, tender and procurements stages and is now at construction stage.
Ward and Burke Ltd were appointed as Contractor and construction works on the remainder of the scheme commenced in Q1 2019, with an anticipated construction programme of 27 months.
Construction works on the Ballybeg culvert were substantially complete by Q3 2019. The longer and more complicated flood relief culvert for St. Flannan’s was substantially complete in Q2 2020. Both culverts now provide flood protection to properties at flood risk in these two areas.
It is anticipated that construction works on the Clareabbey flood defences will be completed within the 27 month programme, however this may need to be reviewed in light of Covid-19 restrictions on construction projects.