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Worse flooding to hit Clare

AS Clare County Council tots up the massive bill for the combined damaged caused by storms Christine and Bridget,  Met Éireann has forecast worse if still to come in terms of flooding. The local authority says most areas affected by severe weather in early January were again affected by the weekend storm with further structural damage reported along Clare’s Atlantic coastline and at some locations along the Shannon Estuary. Some remedial flood defence works carried out in recent weeks have been significantly undone in places as a result of the weekend weather, including at The Flaggy Shore, Seafield, and Kilbaha. Lahinch promenade  remains closed to the public until further notice after the walkways and seawall suffered further damage at the weekend. A number of other locations, which were not significantly affected by previous storms, have suffered infrastructural damage and flooding including Kilkee, Spanish Point and Moyasta. The  focus is on the cleanup of storm affected areas in addition to  remedial works …

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Bagged rock to defend Quilty

ONE thousand tonnes of bagged rock and sand is to be used as an interim emergency flood defence barrier at Cloughaninchy, Quilty, in advance of a spring tide in a couple of weeks. Clare County Council is providing the material in one tonne bags to alleviate the risk of flooding on February 3 when the spring tide is due to reach 4.8metres. The local authority is investing €50,000 in the emergency project, which it says it will seek to recoup from any future funding allocation from Government. The flood defence works are also required along the Seafield coast in response to fears that up to 15 homes could experience flooding. Recent storms caused significant coastal erosion at Cloughaninchy, leaving private residential properties exposed to severe sea water flooding. The O’Connor family had to be evacuated from their home during the worst night of the new year flooding. Cloughaninchy is already the subject of a funding application submitted to Government by …

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Human side of storms ‘neglected’

THE human side of the new-year storms, which caused extensive damage along the coast, has been neglected, according to a group representing 15 households in West Clare. At a meeting last week, Michael Neenan was elected chairman of the Clohaninchy Action Committee. He wants to see some protection in place for people in vulnerable areas on the coast. “The 15 houses that were under threat, nothing has been done for them. There is no emergency funding coming for the protection of their homes in particular,” he said. Mr Neenan said while Clare County Council has been very supportive in relation to the clean-up in the area, not enough has been done for the people worst affected. “The human side of all this has been neglected,” he said. “The council did a lot of work on the piers and prom in Lahinch and so on but no work has been done for the families and people in the 15 houses yet …

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Dooley seeks flood aid

FIANNA FÁIL  spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Timmy Dooley  is to meet the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, Johannes Hahn, today to seek EU assistance for the flood damage around the country. He will be joining MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher at the meeting in Strasbourg. “There is a mechanism in place for relief funding to be provided for countries that encounter severe weather conditions. In 2009, the Irish Government received €13 million in relief funding for the devastating floods of that year. “The Government needs to immediately apply for relief from the EU Solidarity Fund, we have already heard from Clare County Council that there was over €24m worth of damage caused in the county. Councils throughout the country are already struggling with substantially reduced Government grants and they urgently need some relief funding from central government and from Europe,” Deputy Dooley said.

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Proposed €100m road is ‘madness’

THE construction of the proposed €100 million Limerick Northern Distributor Road (NDR) through a flood plain on the back road to the University of Limerick is “madness”, a local resident has claimed. Normally, Miriam McCormick, Shravokee, Clonlara cannot see any water when she looks out her front door, as the River Shannon is about a half a mile away. Now she is looking out at a “lake” where the NDR is proposed to go between her house and the neighbouring O’Briens. The road is planned to follow the electric wires near her home. “The general public need to know what madness it is to construct the Northern Distributor Road down through these fields that regularly flood. Hydrologists speak about the ‘stone in the bucket effect’ where if a bucket is full of water and you place a stone in it, the water will have to go somewhere. The same principal will apply to a floodplain when a major construction is …

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Peninsula badly hit by extreme weather

FOUR families in Kilcredaun, Carrigaholt were marooned last weekend when high tide hit the picturesque townland, which is home to a historic lighthouse. The flooding resulted in the townland being rendered effectively an island from last Friday to Monday. A total of six houses were cut off by the flooding. The grounds of the nearby O’Curry’s Irish College were also adversely affected by flooding, following the breaching of the nearby sea wall. A number of houses in Carrigaholt village were also flooded when the village sea wall was breached at high tide, while the approach wall to the village, at the bottom of Moyarta Hill, was also damaged. The entry road to the village was completely impassable at the height of the tides. Geoff Magee, who along with his wife, Sue, runs Dolphin Watch in Carrigaholt, was one of the Kilcredaun residents who found themselves living on a temporary island. He underlined the urgency of repairing the damaged sea wall, …

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Kilcredaun families marooned

FOUR families in Kilcredaun, Carrigaholt were marooned on Monday when high tide hit the picturesque townland, which is home to an historic lighthouse. The flooding has resulted in the townland of Kilcredaun on the Loop Head peninsula being rendered effectively an island. A total of six houses were cut off by the flooding in recent days. The grounds of the nearby O’Curry’s Irish College has also been hit by flooding following the breaching of a wall. Meanwhile,  a number of houses in Carrigaholt village were hit by flooding when the village wall was breached at high tide. Locals are very concerned that their difficulties will be exacerbated should further storms hit the area in the coming days.

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Lahinch prom remains closed

CLARE County Council has issued a warning to home, business and land owners in flood prone locations and along the coast that there is potential for further flooding tonight and tomorrow morning. Lahinch promenade remains closed to the public until further notice following the extensive damage on Friday. Met Éireann has today issued a new Orange Alert for Clare warning of the danger of coastal flooding due to the combination of the gale force winds, high tides and very high seas. Local spot flooding inland could also occur. Council senior engineer, Tom Tiernan said, “We are advising members of the public to stay away from the seafront, particularly at Lahinch where it simply is not safe for people to be there as the structure of the promenade is seriously compromised. The facility will be reopened for public use as soon as possible.” Clare County Council, in conjunction with the Emergency Services, says it is also progressing contingency arrangements in terms …

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