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Village traders' fury at floods nightmare

ANGRY traders in Dublin's upmarket Glasthule village say they are still plagued by the risk of serious flooding -- despite years of urging the council to do something about it.

Families in the village were on full alert last week when downpours sparked a flooding alert -- and they quickly worked to put down sandbags around village shopfronts.

Now some traders, who are struggling to get their buildings insured, say they have had enough promises from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council about flood prevention works.

Noel Kavanagh, the local butcher, said the situation has been critical since 1997 and Glasthule has been flooded up to 20 times.

He told the Herald: "The drains in the middle or the centre of the street all blow and water comes out three feet into the air. It blows the manhole covers -- you'd actually have to see it.

"We met the council a year and they told us they were going to do something with it.

"But this doesn't take rocket science, it's a little drain a foot in width and a foot in depth that's required."

Joe Harvey, from Grace and Harvey Motors, said it was a "disgrace" and claimed that council roadworks, which were carried out some years ago, had created the problem.

"This never happened until they dug up a road outside to put up bigger drainage pipe. Now we get flooded at least twice a year.


"If it happens at night-time, when we're not here, the water comes out on to the carpets. And when you need someone, you can never get anyone (from the council) to come in immediately."

A council spokesperson said finding a resolution to the flooding "is a top priority of the council".

"We can confirm that a flood prevention scheme for the Glasthule area is currently being advanced and that a timescale for a construction programme will be announced once approval has been obtained."

The council also confirmed that following the spot flooding on Wednesday, crews were out distributing sand bags to affected areas across the county, including the Glasthule area.

Meanwhile, Cllr John Bailey said: "It needs a particular type of piping to get the outflow to the sea so that it doesn't backflow on it."