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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Stormy weather leads to upturn in fortunes for construction companies

Emma Jane Hade

Published 14/02/2014 | 02:30

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THERE is a silver lining to every dark cloud and in the wake of Storm Darwin some companies are reporting a massive surge in business.

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Companies involved in the massive clean-up operation that was launched yesterday reported that they were extremely busy and had been inundated with an unprecedented number of calls.

Local authorities in Carlow reported that over 40 trees fell in the county on Wednesday, and one south-east based tree surgeon has been tasked with removing many of them.

"We will be flat out for the next month I'd say. We would be busy anyway, but now we will be extra busy," said Tom Kane of Treeline.

"We didn't allow for it and we didn't plan for it.

"We have it all planned out for the month ahead of ourselves, and these storms come in and all that planning goes out the window. But, we can't complain."

His team of up to 10 employees will now spend the next number of weeks tackling trees that were destroyed in the wind, and will make every effort to clean them up as delicately as possible.

"Some of the trees are worse than others – it is very bad in Carlow and Kilkenny.

"We'll probably clean about 100 trees. It won't be anything simple, it'll be dangerous enough. We'll work from about 4am until 7pm everyday," he said.

The gale force winds also caused widespread structural damage, and the Construction Industry Federation said that they were "anticipating that there will be a spur of construction activity on the back of this".

"There have been bridges and roads damaged around the country.

"We do expect there to be an increased level of construction activity in the areas that were hit," a CIF spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, many homeowners were yesterday snapping up roof tiles to replace the ones the strong winds had stolen from their homes during the night.

Roadstone Woods, one of the country's leading building materials suppliers, was extremely busy.

One branch cited at least "a 20pc increase in business" yesterday morning and told the Irish Independent: "We are busier with rooftiles. We have a lot more people coming in, but the majority of them are buying 10 to 15 tiles."

Irish Independent

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