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Repair co sts to run to millions after battering from storm

THE cost of the repair work is set to run into the millions.

Just days into the New Year and parts of the country are left resembling war zones following a battering from high tides.

And forecaster Met Eireann has said that the heavy swells will continue today and tomorrow.

Residents and business owners in areas prone to flooding have been warned to keep sandbags at the ready. Across the country, the weather has caused mayhem.

In Lahinch, Co Clare, the promenade was battered by massive waves and high winds, with its path and sea wall sustaining heavy damage.

Homes along the promenade were evacuated as the storm rolled in, bringing floods and causing damage to the beach car park and local businesses.

Clare County Council has confirmed that it will spend €50,000 in remedial repairs, with a senior engineer saying the final bill will be over €1m. While Cork city avoided a repeat of Thursday night's tidal flooding which left parts of the city centre impassable, flood warnings remain in place for high tides today and tomorrow.

MISERY

Floods also caused misery in county towns including Midleton, Youghal, Clonakilty, Cobh, Kinsale, Carrigaline, Bandon, Fermoy and Mallow.

In Galway city, a number of shops and restaurants were left under several feet of water. This is the second time in less than a year that businesses in the area have been flooded.

In Kerry, a woman is recovering in hospital following a dramatic rescue when her car became submerged in the sea after she lost her way in high flood waters.

She was visiting a friend near Ballylongford when she took a wrong turn and hit high tide waters. The water began to rise in the car and the woman, from Limerick, had to jump onto the bonnet for safety and was then rescued by emergency services.

Meanwhile in Ballylongford, homeowners and businesses are counting the cost of flood damage to their properties after the River Line burst its banks.

Town council crews were out from early morning in Tralee dealing with flooding on Hare Street in Blennerville and on Princes Quay, James Street, Castlecountess and Staughton's Row in the Tralee town area.

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