Office of Public Works, Ireland
The historic river side town of Carrick on Suir in County Tipperary in Southern Ireland has long been prone to river and tidal flooding.
This is an area which is heavily dependent upon having good access to the river since it is from the town’s North and South Quays, that fishermen launch their boats to protect their livelihoods.
A brick wall defence was built some decades ago along the north and south shores to a distance of nearly 1 kilometre to protect the town, but the need to give adequate access to the river for the town’s fishermen meant that the wall had to be breached in certain places.
In 2002 two Self Closing Flood Barriers were installed into the levee wall, one on each side of the river. Each is 3m wide and 1250 mm high.
Due to the extreme high water levels experienced in this area, the barriers quite often deploy even by just half a meter, providing on-going protection to this flood stricken town.