Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South Central, Micheál Martin TD, has called for long term structures to be put in place to deal with the flooding problems in Cork.
Deputy Martin was speaking after Cork was again hit with flooding this week.
“This is the second time in 2012 that Cork has been affected by flooding. In July areas of both the city and county, including Douglas and Clonakilty, were devastated by floods and Cork was again at the receiving end over the past couple of days.
“Since the horrendous floods in November 2009, Cork has been affected on numerous occasions. Despite some short term measures been taken, it is now time for a long-term plan. While the floods in 2009 were described as a once in a hundred year occurrence, the regularity of the flooding since cannot be taken in isolation.
“A long-term strategy needs to be established with the necessary preventative measures put in place, we have seen the success of the Flood Relief Scheme in Mallow, which has protected the town from the worst of the weather conditions.
“There has been a study of flood risk and flood management in Cork commissioned and I would urge all the parties involved to complete this study urgently. We need to tackle the root causes of the flooding in Cork, not just reacting when it occurs.
“I appreciate that an early warning flood alert system and a Council Crisis Management Team have been established, which is welcome. However, preventative measures must now be taken for a problem that has caused millions of euros of damage to businesses and homes in Cork over the past couple of years.
“While no one can totally prevent the consequences of a flash flood, there are more measures that can be taken to protect the city from exposure to rising tide levels and potential floods.”