Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Mr. Brian Hayes TD, was in Waterford today to officially ‘turn the sod’ on the next phases of the St. John’s River (Waterford City) Flood Relief Scheme.
Speaking at the ceremony this morning the Minister said “I am delighted to be here in Waterford City this morning to mark the commencement of Phases 2, 3 and 4 of this critical construction project costing in the region of €8 million. These phases will provide protection to the community of Waterford City, covered by the scheme, against the 1-in-100 year flood event, which are becoming increasingly frequent nationwide. Indeed, I am assured that a total of 417 properties will be protected on completion of these phases. I am also pleased that in addition to improving the flood defences at vulnerable locations, the schemes will enhance the recreational usage and attractiveness of the Quays along the River.”
“The success of phase one here in Waterford City demonstrates that when the State, through the OPW, invests significantly in major infrastructure flood alleviation projects that they do work. The annual funding of €45 million up to 2016, which I announced last year, demonstrates the commitment of this government to a sustained capital programme to improve the level of flood risk protection for homes, businesses and infrastructure,” the Minister said.
The Minister concluded “ I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and perseverance of the teams from Waterford City Council, OPW and the consulting engineers RPS, who have worked closely together to ensure that this Scheme commenced without delay. I would also like to congratulate the contractor, Niall Barry & Co. Ltd., who did sterling work on Phase 1 of this Scheme and who I am sure will continue that commitment over the next two years with Phases 2, 3 & 4.”