Fixing promenade will cost over €1m
Published 04/01/2014 | 02:30
THE cost of repairing flood damage in Lahinch, Co Clare, will run into millions, the Irish Independent has learned.
The promenade area of the seaside resort was battered by massive waves and high winds, with its path and sea wall sustaining heavy damage.
Homeowners along the prom were evacuated as the storm rolled in, bringing flooding and causing damage to the beach car park and local businesses.
Clare County Council has confirmed that it will spend €50,000 in remedial repairs, with a senior engineer saying the final bill will be over €1m.
The Lahinch Seaworld attraction was "in the eye of the storm", said manager Joe Garr-ihy who estimated the damaged at between €70,000 and €100,000. He said: "It was like a scene from an Armageddon movie. Large boulders were thrown over the wall by the sea onto the carpark. It was a one-in-50-year storm event".
Seaworld will remain closed for a number of days.