STORM COSTS MOUNT

Ian Robinson with his dogs Grace and Buddy immersed in the sea foam blown up from Tramore.

Ian Robinson with his dogs Grace and Buddy immersed in the sea foam blown up from Tramore.

A Waterford County Council estimate included in a submission made to the Department of Environment  last week listed a figure of €8.9 million in repair costs.

However, this figure only took into account costs that had been incurred up to the beginning of last week before high winds sent waves crashing over the flood walls in both Tramore and Dunmore East.

Last Monday’s storm also led to extensive flooding in Poleberry in Waterford city, which led to the evacuation of several houses, and it remains uncertain what the cost of the clean-up operation shall be to City Hall and local residents alike.

Regarding the monies required to remedy the damage on our coast, Tramore Area Engineer Ken Walsh believes the estimate now with the Department of the Environment is certain to rise in a revised submission.

“The Department is looking for a revised figure so we would imagine that the original figure will rise,” he said on Monday.

“We don’t know an exact figure yet as we’re still gathering information from around the county.”

Areas which require urgent attention include Passage East, Tramore’s Back Strand and Ladies Slip, the cliffs in Dunmore East, and the Youghal Road and Cunnigar in Dungarvan.

The Government believes the total bill for the recent damage could total €100 million.  See News 3, 5, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 39 for more storm and flood coverage.

Kieran Foley and Michelle Clancy.

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