Tuesday 12 December 2017

Floodgates are closed across the city after a long weekend of rain


The concrete wall in Clontarf
The concrete wall in Clontarf

Floodgates across the capital have been closed amid fears of flooding due to heavy rain over the bank holiday.

Dublin City Council closed the floodgates at several locations around the city until further notice yesterday evening, as forecasters issued a flood warning for several parts of the country.

The gates were shut at Clontarf, Merrion Gates, Sandymount Strand and along the River Dodder.

Council staff were deployed at 4pm on Monday evening to raise the barriers to prevent any potential flooding and damage to properties. The precautions were taken on the back of a yellow weather alert issued by Met Eireann as the long weekend drew to a close.

The national forecaster issued the warning for parts of Munster and South Leinster to expect heavy rainfall and potential flooding in coastal areas.

The alert was lifted at midnight but there is more rain on the way this week.

On the city's northside, the issue of flood defences has been controversial in recent weeks. A concrete wall due to be erected by the council has caused concern for locals in Clontarf.

Local councillor Damian O'Farrell appealed for residents to be allowed to attend a November 5 meeting on the future of the flood defences in the area, but he said his request was refused by Dublin City Council (DCC).

The Independent councillor said that the residents would provide DCC with much-needed local knowledge.

Mr O'Farrell told the Herald that he has been inundated with emails from concerned residents on the issue.


"They are saying 'this is a disruption of an environment', 'this is disgraceful', 'this is shocking' and 'there's a concrete slab being put on a beauty spot'. There is real concern," he said.

Mr O'Farrell has also called for a mocked-up version to be constructed and erected in order to give locals an idea of what the permanent construction will look like.

Meanwhile, temporary fencing put up to separate construction works and the sea has collapsed and fallen towards the water - and has yet to be addressed.

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