Wednesday 18 October 2017

Council on alert as retailers hope worst is over

A spokesperson for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said that Dundrum and other shopping centres were very busy
A spokesperson for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said that Dundrum and other shopping centres were very busy

Fiona Dillon, Peter Flanagan and Eimear Rabbitte

Crews from Dublin City Council will remain on alert over the coming days for any potential flooding.

Roads around parts of north Dublin were impassable for several hours on Saturday as heavy rain combined with high tides to cause problems in Rush, Lusk, Skerries and the M1 near Balbriggan.

"We had issues with surface water flooding around the city certainly, but thankfully, nothing that caused any major issue," a spokesperson for the council said.

"We had drainage crews working on both the northside and southside of the city all weekend, and engineering staff on duty as well. They were doing a sweep of the city, and through our traffic camera network, as well in our control room in civic offices, we were able to identify areas that were really troublesome," he said.

"We have regular meetings and interaction with Met Éireann, so we would be in touch obviously with them on a daily basis."

A resident of Seville Place in the north city centre told how his basement floor apartment had suffered minor floor damage over the weekend.

"I had some minor flooding and pumped the water out so it was frustrating," the man said.

Meanwhile, retailers in Dublin city centre are hoping shoppers who opted to stay indoors over the washout weekend will set tills jingling again before Christmas.

A spokesman for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said "by all accounts it was a little quieter in town than would have been expected at this time of the year".

However, he said Dundrum and other shopping centres were very busy.

"The bad weather for Saturday had been well forecast throughout the week, and with another 11 days left until Christmas, people will have simply delayed their trip - most likely until next weekend."

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