Motorists to face major delays while collapsed quay wall is being repaired
Published 27/10/2011 | 05:00
DUBLIN commuters will be hit with severe delays for at least a month following the partial collapse of a quay wall during Monday's flooding.
The city council last night said the river wall at Wolfe Tone Quay had moved 100mm and would thus need extensive repair works.
The works will result in one of the busiest routes into the city being reduced from three to two lanes of traffic. One of the lanes will remain solely for bus use, resulting in severe delays for commuters.
"We have been monitoring it (the wall) for 24 hours," city engineer Michael Phillips said last night. "The bus lane and one other lane are open, which will cause severe restrictions, and we are now going to begin the remedial works required.
"The damage is fairly severe; 100mm is a large movement. The works we carry out have to be sensitive because the wall is so old.
"We haven't put a time on it but we'll be talking to a contractor over the next couple of days. We would hope to complete the works in three or four weeks."
Two people died and hundreds of houses were flooded after almost 100mm of rain fell over a 24-hour period in the city and in Co Wicklow.
Yesterday, Office of Public Works Minister Brian Hayes criticised the response by local authorities, saying a review was needed to find out what happened.
"It (the response) wasn't adequate in my view," he said. "We need to find out from the local authorities where the response was inadequate. A lot of work was done by local authorities but we can't be precious about ourselves. We need to find out what was done wrong and what was done right."
There was widespread criticism that floodgates on the River Dodder were not opened, that communication with residents was poor and that sandbags were not deployed. The council said it was largely happy with its response.
"The lock on the floodgates was vandalised but it was of no significance if it was open or closed," Mr Phillips said.
"It was a tidal gate and it would have made no difference whatsoever."
The clean-up operation will not be completed until the end of this week, when hundreds of flooded homeowners will begin assessing the damage to their properties.