THE QUAYS AREA IN WATERFORD CITY CENTRE

WATERFORD PORT ON A REALLY WET DAY

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THE QUAYS AREA IN WATERFORD CITY CENTRE

When I arrived at about 4pm the weather was terrible and it was almost impossible to take photographs because of the lack of light and also because it was also foggy. The 15mm Voigtlander needs lots of light but the photographs should give you an idea as to what the city is like when the weather is not good. I had decided that I would leave the next morning if the weather had not improved overnight … fortunately the next day was beautiful weatherwise.

Waterford City is arguably the oldest city in Ireland dating back to the late 9th century and the time of the Vikings. The name ‘Waterford’ is derived from the old Norse word ‘Vedrarfjiordr’. The Vikings realising the Strategic and trading importance of the rivers which empty into Waterford Harbour built a longphort or dock at the confluence of the St John’s River and the River Suir.

Throughout its history serious flooding was regularly experienced in the city due to high water levels in the River Suir and the John’s River.

The most obvious feature along the waterfronts in Waterford is the Flood Alleviation Scheme which was completed in 2014.

The scheme consists of the containment of the John’s River and the River Suir within their respective channels through the urban area of Waterford City. This is achieved through the construction of flood defences, in the form of reinforced concrete walls, glass walls, sheetpiled walls, embankments, stormwater pumps etc.

The works were constructed in three separate civil works contracts and on completion will protect the city from flooding from the rivers for events up to the 0.5% annual exceedance probability (1 in 200 year) in tidal areas and up to the 1% annual exceedance probability (1 in 100 year)) in non tidal areas.
THE QUAYS AREA IN WATERFORD CITY CENTRE