Wednesday 26 July 2017

Editorial: Time to modernise our flood defence systems

Flooding is a perennial problem for householders and, according to the experts, it is going to get worse, with sudden if less frequent storm surges afflicting low-lying areas over the coming years.

Our sympathy must go out to the many people in Limerick, Cork, Wexford, Waterford, Galway and indeed to people everywhere who have seen their homes damaged or ruined over the last few days.

The authorities seemed ill-prepared for the deluge in some areas. There have been reports of people actually selling sandbags to desperate homeowners because the council either hadn't got any, or could not get them to flooded areas in time.

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