Storms rock coast

N1S1 The Waterford coastline took one of its worst batterings from high waves in many years during Sunday night and Monday morning as the south east felt the effects of Storm Christine.

Tramore’s Prom was matted in sea foam on Sunday afternoon and evening, with the ferocity of the waves creating a sinkhole on the Strand Road, directly above the Ladies Slip.

To the credit of County Council staff, working between the appalling spells of weather on Sunday afternoon, the wall beneath the road was re-enforced to brace it for that night’s high waves.

Despite the admittedly spectacular sight of waves cutting through the sands separating the front and back strands, the wisdom displayed by some ‘thrill seekers’ in photographing the elements at such close range was questioned on Monday morning.

Elsewhere in Waterford, low-lying roads in Cheekpoint, Clonea Strand and Ballinacourty were under several feet of water on Monday morning, while the reopening of Plunkett Railway Station, which had been closed following a landslide, was delayed due to flooding.

The city’s flood defences did their job along The Quay, while the North Wharf was flooded at high tide time on Monday morning.

While the Park Road and Poleberry also flooded on Monday, South Parade and Waterside weathered the elements well.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem has been conducted on the body of Jake O’Neill (22) of Shanakiel who was found unresponsive at Dunmore East’s Lady’s Cove on Sunday evening. Gardaí said that foul play was not suspected and were treating the incident as an accident.

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