Wednesday 23 May 2018

Flooding after Storm Emma may cause serious damage

Kathy Armstrong

Property owners are bracing themselves for flooding in the aftermath of Storm Emma.

In the aftemath of Storm Emma battering Ireland last night, this footage shows how  water has started spilling over the sea wall at Dun Laoghaire in south Dublin, where a Status Red weather warning is still place.

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Cormac Devlin said that he has been contacted by some of his worried constituents who are worried about their homes.

He told Independent.ie: "When they knew there was going to be high tides and north-east winds, some residents called the council and asked for sandbags.

"I have been contacted by some residents who weren't quite as prepared, they are concerned and asking about sandbags.

"The council's water and drainage team has been sent to the low lying areas to see what they can do, they're checking that the drainage is clear and the water has somewhere to go.

"Obviously in the area that it is, the water presents challenges - the sheer volume of water and the fact it's coming over the sea wall and is a risk to property is a challenge.

"There is very little they can do against sea defences in the short term."

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He said that the tide is now receding but the local Coast Guard has warned that this evening's tide is expected to be even higher.

Cllr Devlin said that there is a concern that the melting snow could make the situation worse.

He explained: "With the tide now receding, we just have to keep an eye on the tidal movement for the next few days.

"Another element is snow when it starts to melt, the combination of that with any easterly gales and higher tides would be a disaster for properties along the east coast.

"We got some snow, it wasn't as bad as other places or as bad as was expected, but the snow ploughs and gritters have been clearing the main roads this morning."

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He also took the opportunity to extend his gratitude to the frontline and emergency workers for their tireless efforts over the past few days.

"There are about 90 council staff deployed at the moment trying to clear the main thoroughfares.
"I would like to show the appreciation, not just of myself, but of the wider community at large.

"Everyone is very grateful for those staff, whether they are frontline emergency services or council staff, are doing a fantastic job in difficult circumstances," he said.

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