The Cork town of Fermoy, on the banks of the Munster Blackwater, has a long history of flooding. In 2015 , following more recent and high profile flooding, the second stage of The Fermoy Munster Blackwater Flood Drainage Scheme scheme was completed to protect the town from future flood conditions.
FM Environmental supplied and installed 16 submersible Xylem stormwater pumps and pumping stations as part of the flood defence scheme which faced its first real test over the Christmas period when confronted with the force of Storm Frank.
At the request of the Office of Public Works (OPW), FM Environmental engineers were in attendance on site as a precautionary measure during the storm and witnessed the Blackwater rise to historic levels.
To the relief of the locals watching with bated breaths the defences held and the new pumping stations kept the town flood-free
Photos: Flood defences under construction (right) and the Munster Blackwater at peak level with the flood barriers in position (below)