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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Council plans hold no water for frustrated butcher

Shane Hickey

NOEL Kavanagh fully expects his butchers to be flooded for the 13th time when expected storms take hold this weekend.

The south Dublin businessman has been blighted with water damage to his shop since he opened in 1995 -- but complained there was still no resolution to his problem.

Mr Kavanagh runs a well-known family business in the small seaside village but has lost revenues every time heavy rains come in. The problem is caused by manholes just a few feet from his shop, at a busy crossroads in Glasthule, which frequently overflow.

As a result, Mr Kavanagh has now armed himself with 50 sandbags in order to fend off what he sees as the inevitable.

"We are flooded once or twice every year. The sea is about 20 or 30 metres away but the roads aren't able to take the water. The manholes in the middle of the road just pop," he said.

"The council have told us they have a temporary plan and they also have a long-term plan but they haven't told us what they are going to do.

"If you go to Spain or Germany, before you step onto the path there is a little gully, down the road and into the bay -- a temporary thing and it wouldn't cost a lot of money.

"If the forecast is as bad as they suggest it is going to be, flooding is going to happen. There is no question about it. The last time we were flooded was in August of this year."

Such has been his level of frustration at the ongoing problem that at one stage he blocked the road to traffic with his own van in an effort to prevent more water going into his premises.

Last night, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said an "in-depth analysis of the specific problems" was being worked on. The local authority said this study would result in a permanent solution to the problem.

Since 2002, almost €100m has been spent on flood defences to protect against high tides. Dublin City Council estimates another €100m will be needed over the coming decades.

Irish Independent

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