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Clare flooding victim: ‘There were times I wanted to give up’

RESIDENTS in South-East Clare have no flood insurance for their home for the last five years after it was cancelled by an insurance company. In an interview with the Clare Champion, Geraldine Quinlivan recalled in March 2016 their insurance company sent them their renewal notice with a highlighted pen, confirming they were no longer covering them for flood risk for their dwelling in Springfield, Clonlara. She also confirmed the company didn’t telephone them to discuss this issue before their flood insurance was cancelled. The company still provides general house insurance. “It is an added strain because you no longer have a safety net of thinking if the house gets damaged I will be able to repair it when you see flood water approaching your house.” She pointed out flood-hit residents in other areas had requested insurance companies to reinstate flood cover following the provision of protection works. “Flooding has a devastating impact on all of the community. People are affected …

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OPW funding for flood risk studies

There has been confirmation that the OPW has approved funding for coastal erosion and flood risk management studies for Kilbaha and New Quay. “Following representations, I was pleased to be informed by the Minister of State, with responsibility for the OPW, Simon Harris that the OPW has agreed in principle to provide funding to Clare County Council to undertake these studies in Kilbaha and New Quay,” local TD Pat Breen. “I understand that Aughinish may also be included in the scope of the New Quay Study,” he added in welcoming the initiative. “Kilbaha was very badly affected by the storms last year when the sea wall was very badly undermined and 150 metres of the regional road was completely removed. Extensive clean up and remedial works were carried out at the time by Clare County Council. Funding was provided from the Department of the Environment to assist the local authority with these repairs. In addition, €18,000 was provided by the …

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Storm and flood warning for Clare

STORM and flooding expected this weekend could be “as extreme” as earlier this month, a senior Clare County Council engineer warned on Friday. Clare  County Council issued a flood and storm warning on Thursday for the entire county in advance of severe weather conditions that are expected over the next few days. On Friday afternoon Tom Tiernan, senior engineer, transportation, with Clare County Counil released a statement reminding people that an Orange Met Eireann weather alert pertains at present in respect of the county until Saturday night, February 1 and warning against unnecessary travel. “Storm and flooding activity is likely to be most severe in coastal areas including the Shannon Estuary where the high Spring tide of early Saturday morning will coincide with a substantial tidal surge and severe on-shore Westerly and South Westerly winds – conditions then will potentially be as extreme as they were during the coastal storms of early January,” Mr Tiernan stated. “In addition, this mornings …

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