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STORM: Clontarf seafront takes a battering during  recent windy weather

STORM: Clontarf seafront takes a battering during recent windy weather

STORM: Clontarf seafront takes a battering during recent windy weather

The lack of a permanent flood defence barrier for Clontarf could lead to New Orleans-style disastrous flooding, the city council was warned last night.

Fine Gael Councillor Bill Tormey said the "foolishness" of residents opposing sea walls at Clontarf was no longer sustainable and a permanent barrier must be built.

The recent high tides and storms that threatened Dublin could have resulted in much worse flooding if the winds had varied by just a few degrees in direction, city engineer Michael Phillips told the council's monthly meeting.

Mr Tormey said climate change means that flooding events supposed to happen once every 100 years will happen much more frequently.

The council must proceed immediately with planning the building of flood barrier levees for parts of the city like Clontarf or there could be "a New Orleans situation".

People had to take responsibility for their foolishness in opposing measures for a permanent defence structure at Clontarf. He warned there will be another massive high tide on February 4 and, depending on wind directions, there could be "a disastrous situation."

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Cllr Paddy McCartan said the people of Clontarf who have opposed the building of flood walls could learn from the people of Dodder Cottages in Ballsbridge, whose decision to support flood walls had paid off this month.

Cllr Gerry Breen, also of Fine Gael, said residents of Clontarf were trading over flood dangers to their houses for the sea vistas.

Yet those who were cheerleaders against a sea wall had the audacity to ask about temporary measures against flood waters.

Mr Phillips said the temporary sandbags for part of Clontarf cost up to €20,000 this month. To sandbag the whole area in the past cost €120,000.

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