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A view of the destruction caused following the latest high seas and gales near the band stand in Kilkee. Photograph by John Kelly.

Storm damage running at €36.8m

CLARE County Council has estimated that the damage visited upon Clare’s coastal communities following the recent storms at almost €37 million.

In a report to Monday’s council meeting, senior engineer, Tom Tiernan said the estimated cost for remedial works to be implemented with a view to restoring appropriately the vast array of public infrastructure, damaged by the recent storms, was €36,801,284.

The estimate of damage caused by Storm Christine was €23.7million but now, in the wake of Storm Brigid, the estimate has been revised upwards to €36.8 million.
Having escaped the brunt of Storm Christine, Kilkee wasn’t so lucky second time round. The cost of remedial work in the resort is placed at €875,360.

Lahinch was the big casualty with Mr Tiernan estimating the damage caused at €6,064,689. Further estimates included Cloughaninchy in Quilty (€4,716,945), Kilbbaha (€3,498,950), New Quay (€3,449,200) White Strand – Doughmore in Doonbeg (€1,550,250), Doolin (€1,025,500).  With regard to private entities, the report states there was damage to Doonbeg Golf Resort of €954,000 and of €1.3 million to embankments at Shannon Airport.

Other estimates are

New Quay €3,449,200

Carrowmore €1,628,325

Clahane, Liscannor €1,487,000

Kilcredaun Irish College €1,226,955

Carrowdotia, N67 Moneypoint €1,115,400

Liscannor €1,011,000

Cappagh, Kilrush € 762,120

White Strand, Miltown Malbay €680,000

Knock (Regional Road) €551,624

Rhynnagonnaught €547,500

Cloughansavan/Kilclogher €435,125

Ross Bay €369,000

Rinevella €368,000

Quilty Village €326,720

Spanish Point €323,250

R478 Lahinch/Liscannor Road €282,500

Carrigaholt €223,000

Querrin €90,000

Aughinish €83,400

Fanore €76,000

Ballyvaughan Pier €73,000

Labasheeda €63,000

Ballard (South of Doonbeg) €49,000

Doughmore Beach €40,000

Kilclogher Coast Road €40,000

Glasheen Cove €30,000

Fodra €30,000

Seafield Pier €26,000

R477 Ballyvaughan €23,900

Brews Bridge Amenity Area €20,000

Rinevella Beach €15,000

Moyasta €10,000

Bartra €6,000

Bishops Quarter €2,000

Water Services Issues €20,000

Non Coastal €240,000

The total costs of €36,801,284 includes a contingency sum equivalent to 10% (€3,345,571) to cater for design costs, damage reports not yet available and a variety of other elements.

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