Date: 29 Nov 2022 New flood defences which protect over 200 Douglas properties Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Patrick O’Donovan, today unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the new Douglas Flood Relief Scheme, representing a significant investment in the area. The completed scheme ensures 221 properties are now protected from potential flooding in the flood catchment area. The Scheme was delivered by the OPW in partnership with Cork City Council and Cork County Council. It includes works such as conveyance improvement measures along the Ballybrack Stream and Grange Stream, direct defences such as flood walls, embankments and the replacement of river crossings. The scheme’s design has successfully integrated the flood relief works with public realm enhancement works. These have seen improvements to Douglas Community Park with new pathways, planting and seating and the creation of a public Plaza on Church Street in Douglas. In this way, the Flood Relief Scheme delivers in terms of flood protection as well as adding value in terms of enhancing the public realm. The Douglas Flood Relief Scheme is one of eight OPW flood relief schemes completed across County Cork, with more than 50 completed nationwide. These schemes are providing protection to over 11,900 properties and an economic benefit to the State in damage and losses avoided, estimated to be in the region of €1.9 billion.