Wednesday 22 November 2017

Tidy Towns volunteers clean up foreshore despite awful weather

Olivia Ryan

BLACKROCK Tidy Towns volunteers faced a battering from rain and winds as they mounted a clean up of the foreshore along Cocklehill last weekend.

And as they still counted the cost of the last storm damage, local people braced themselves for further high tides along the coast this Saturday.

A 20 strong group of volunteers endured torrential rain showers in their bid to remove litter and debris from the shore on Saturday last, after the tidal surges which hit the area earlier this month.

'The conditions were pretty bad for us on Saturday last, with terrible showers during the morning,' said Tidy Towns spokesman Larry Magnier.

'But we got a lot done in an hour, thanks to the large number that turned out on the day, gathering mainly plastic bottles, cans, and bits of wood, which seemed to have washed up during the storms.'

Larry added that the foreshore area is cleaned up once a month by community service workers under the auspices of the Probation Service.

The devastation left behind across the Blackrock coastline after the severe floods has taken many weeks to rectify.

'But we are pretty much through the clean up at this stage, thanks to our volunteers, Louth County Council, staff from the local Community Employment Scheme and the Probation Service scheme.'

Structural works along the beach and promenade have also been completed by council staff, said Larry.

But with all of the repair work and clean ups carried out over the last few weeks, concerns about more high tides emerged.

'We have heard they are expected on Saturday, but should know something more definite around 48 hours before that.

'Hopefully, we won't see flooding again in the village. Three times in four days was enough!'

The Argus

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