Skibbereen Flood Alleviation Scheme

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Skibbereen Flood Alleviation Scheme

Cork County Council / Office of Public Works

RPS was appointed to undertake a catchment flood risk assessment and management study and detailed design of a proposed flood alleviation scheme in Skibbereen, County Cork. RPS undertook detailed hydrological and hydraulic modelling of the River Ilen estuary and Caol Stream, Glencurragh Stream and Showground Stream in the vicinity of Skibbereen using MIKE Flood software.

This baseline data was utilised to develop a range of options using a multi criteria analysis incorporating economic, social and environmental indicators. RPS also undertook an environmental statement and cost benefit analysis as part of this process. The preferred option generally comprises flood walls, embankments and channel regrading works with an estimated cost of approx €13M.  The scheme was displayed at a series of public information days and is currently advancing through the planning phase prior to the development of a detailed design by RPS.