King’s Island lies in the heart of Limerick City and is surrounded by the waters of the River Shannon and the Abbey River. Both the River Shannon and the Abbey River are tidal at this location and the island is susceptible to both coastal and fluvial flood risk.
There have been a number of instances of flooding on King’s Island, most recent instances dating back to 1999, 2002, 2009 and most recently in early 2014. The flooding tends to be particularly significant when high tide occurrences combine with extreme storm events.
Very significant flooding occurred in spring 2014 when the existing defences failed locally allowing flood waters onto the Island.
Major improvements to the flood defence regime are required to try to prevent re-occurrences of such flood events. With this in mind, Limerick City and County Council have appointed the ArupJBA team to assess, develop and design an appropriate viable, cost-effective and sustainable flood relief scheme which aims to minimise risk to human beings, the existing community, social amenity, environment and landscape character.
This website has been set up to provide information to members of the public and to keep you informed of the project's progress.