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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Outrage at council over blocked drains as floods hit capital

The torrential rain and resulting flash floods that hit Dublin caused havoc for pedestrians,
motorists and trams Picture: Collins
The torrential rain and resulting flash floods that hit Dublin caused havoc for pedestrians, motorists and trams Picture: Collins

Parts of Dublin city were hit by flash flooding yesterday following heavy rain.

Staff at the Ashling Hotel on Parkgate Street succeeded in preventing flood waters coming in following the lunchtime downpour.

"I'm upset. The flood would not have happened if the city council maintained the drains," said hotel general manager Alan Moody.

"It was all hands on deck here as we quickly put up flood barriers at the door.

"We've had flooding a half-dozen times over the years. I'm so angry that I'm waiting 24 hours to calm down before speaking to the city council about this.

"I had to manhandle drain covers to unblock them. They were full of leaves and rubbish. This is summer time and autumn is the time for leaves so it shows the drains weren't being maintained properly.

"The hotel is a very significant rate payer and we deserve to have the drains maintained.

"The Luas trams kept running so we had to deal with the backwash from them."

There was no reply from the city council to Mr Moody's claims.

Other flooded areas included Kilmainham, Cabra and Phibsboro.

A Met Eireann forecaster told the Herald last night that the flooding had been triggered by a slow moving band of heavy rain.

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