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2m-high walls set to be built in €3m scheme to halt city floods

A DUBLIN area is set for a €3m flood defence project as city chiefs reinforce the capital against rising sea levels.

Dublin City Council is on the verge of awarding a contract to construct barriers at a vulnerable section of Clontarf, while a number of other schemes are also in the pipeline.

The Clontarf project will see a series of mounds and walls, just under 2m-high, being built along the suburb's seafront promenade, between Alfie Byrne Road and the Bull Wall.

The scheme, which has been approved by Bord Pleanala, will raise the level of the ground by up to 2.7m in some places, project manager Adrian Conway told the Herald.

Following severe flooding in 2002, Clontarf was identified by a study as one of the city's "at risk" zones.



CONCERNS

Other areas pinpointed as vulnerable included Sandymount and a significant section of the South Quay wall extending from O'Connell Street to the Dodder.

The local authority is holding a meeting next week at which councillors are expected to express concerns at the plans.

However, Mr Conway pointed out the "big win" for families in Clontarf was the stronger defences.

The only extra protection available at the moment is one-tonne sandbags which the council installs in the event of a flood alert.

It costs the city between €70,000 and €100,000 every time the sacks are used.

But Mr Conway admitted: "The downside is that it will change the look of the place."

Some locals are concerned the view from the homes may be impeded by the high walls, he added.

comurphy@herald.ie