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Families knit their own 40ft flood wall

MOTORISTS were greeted by the sight of a 40ft 'flood wall' -- knitted by a group of 20 locals over the past six months -- as they passed through Ballsbridge today.

Residents stretched out the 40ft by 8ft creation in Dublin 4 to highlight the need for flood protection in the area.

The demonstration came on the anniversary of last year's deluge, which washed scores of local people out of their homes.

Ballsbridge Dodder Residents Committee came up with the idea as a way of showing its support for Dublin City Council's plans for improved flood defences along the Dodder.

"We are worried people may put in objections," Martina O'Brien, an artist, told the Herald. "I don't think they understand what it is like to have your home flooded."

On this day last year, the "whole place was destroyed" and people lost cars, furniture and other belongings, she said.



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Some residents -- as many as 80 were affected in the deluge -- still haven't been able to return to their houses.

The knitted wall is based on the flood velocity maps produced for the draft Dodder flood risk assessment and management study.

The wall went up at 7am and was due to come down at 7pm.

"As this road is very busy, we hope it will have a big impact on commuters and passers-by alike," Martina said.

"We will be asking people to sign our petition throughout the day."

comurphy@herald.ie


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