Monday 18 December 2017

Shopping centre re-opens after flood

Fiona Ellis

A SHOPPING centre hit by floods on Monday night was open for business yesterday after shutting down for 24 hours.

Dundrum Town Centre in south Dublin re-opened its doors to the public at 10am after round-the-clock cleaning crews worked tirelessly to repair the damage caused by the flood.

The worst-hit stores included Next, Marks and Spencer and BT2.

On Monday at around 8pm, water started pouring in and the centre was immediately evacuated.

As the torrential rain continued, water on the ground floor rose until it was six inches deep in places.

The shopping centre has more than 100 stores and 34 restaurants, a 12-screen cinema, a theatre and 3,400 car spaces. Some 43 shops and restaurants were affected.

Centre director Don Nugent said: "It came in a rapid rate. As soon as it did, we made the decision to clear the building of both staff and customers.

"Shops have varying degrees of damage -- some had stock damage, others had their computer systems and tills hit."

Out of the 43 affected shops, more than half opened yesterday and by the end of the week the rest should be trading as normal. Mr Nugent said there was no evidence of structural damage.

Many stores will have sales on stock that was water damaged, with BT2 offering discounts up to 70pc.

Irish Independent

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