FLOODED Ballsbridge residents will have to wait at least six months to return to their destroyed homes, it has emerged.
A loss assessor says the damage visited upon many of the houses during recent floods, exceeded that of Hurricane Charlie in 1986.
Loss assessor Arthur Lyons said that in more than 40 years in business he had never seen anything as bad.
"Hurricane Charlie was bad, but this is worse I think," he told the Herald.
"When you get sewage backing up the toilets and flowing into houses everything has to go," he added.
Ballsbridge Avenue resident Margaret Ferris has been told she will have to wait at least six months before she can return home.
"Everything is gone, the water was about three feet deep, but we seem to be getting no sympathy from the State," said Margaret (59).
Eddie McNeill is still clearing out his house, but the silt and dampness and damage from dirty water is everywhere.
"I tried putting all the bedding at the door to stop the water coming in, but everything got destroyed," he said.
"Clothes, furniture, carpets, everything is gone," he said.
Residents feel a Dart bridge over the Dodder acted like a dam after it was surrounded in scaffolding.
They say that debris quickly got caught up in the scaffolding and coverings under the bridge, forcing the water to back-up and overflow into their homes.
"A lot of local people are saying that the scaffolding under the bridge made the problem worse, and that trees and everything were getting stuck in it and turning it into a dam," Eddie McNeill explained.
A letter from Irish Rail to locals apologised for the inconvenience during works to repair the damage caused to the bridge during the flood.
Dart services between Grand Canal Dock and Sydney Parade were set to resume today