Flood repairs in Clare to cost nearly €24m

Friday 10 January 2014 19.08
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Storms last week caused widespread damage in coastal areas (Pic: Carsten Krieger)
Storms last week caused widespread damage in coastal areas (Pic: Carsten Krieger)
A report says damage caused in Clontarf on 3 January will cost €100,000 (Pic Simon Adamson)
A report says damage caused in Clontarf on 3 January will cost €100,000 (Pic Simon Adamson)
The council says sandbags prevented almost certain flooding on Alfie Byrne Road (Pic: Patrick Smith)
The council says sandbags prevented almost certain flooding on Alfie Byrne Road (Pic: Patrick Smith)
The city engineer warned of potential 'very extensive flooding' in the area (Pic: Patrick Smith)
The city engineer warned of potential 'very extensive flooding' in the area (Pic: Patrick Smith)

Clare County Council has said the damage caused by recent storms will cost nearly €24m to repair.

A spokesperson for the council said the costs related to damage caused in Lahinch and other areas of the county.

The figure was revealed at a special meeting of Clare County Council this evening.

In one area, hundreds of acres of land were flooded by sea water after a levee system was breached. 

The embankments are under the administration of the Department of Agriculture.

While local farmers have been maintaining them in recent years, they say they cannott afford to do so now.

Meanwhile, a report on Dublin's recent flooding has warned that Clontarf is at risk and needs permanent defences.

The city council assessment of last week's flooding in the capital found that the tide was the highest ever experienced but the impact was relatively low because of the wind direction and lack of rainfall.

The council report puts the damage on 3 January at €100,000 with flooding at Clontarf, Sandymount and parts of the quays.

But a lower tide in February 2002 combined with heavy rainfall and an easterly wind resulted in 1,250 buildings being flooded around the city and damages totalling €60m.

The report states that temporary sandbag defences prevented almost certain flooding of businesses and residences on Alfie Byrne Road in Clontarf last week.

But City Engineer Michael Philips warned "it would be foolish to believe that this is a sustainable solution".

A higher tide combined with low pressure, wind and rainfall will mean "very extensive flooding" in the Clontarf area, he said.

Local residents and businesses in Clontarf rejected previous plans for flood defences in the area.

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