Pic­tures of hor­ror flood­ing pre­sented

RES­I­DENTS’ ANGER COUN­CIL SEE IM­AGES OF DAM­AGE

Bray People - - Report Council -

MARIE BAR­BRIDGE, of the Red­ford Park res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, gave an im­pas­sioned pre­sen­ta­tion to mem­bers of Grey­stones Town Coun­cil last week, about the cat­a­strophic flash flood­ing which took place in the area on Au­gust 16, de­scrib­ing a ‘ rag­ing tor­rent’ sweep­ing through the es­tate.

She showed coun­cil­lors a se­ries of pic­tures il­lus­trat­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused to a num­ber of homes, some of which she said will not be in­sured for sim­i­lar dam­age in the fu­ture. She said that one par­tic­u­lar house has now been flooded four times.

She re­ferred to a house­hold shocked when a geyser spouted up in their gar­den, this in turn send­ing the wa­ter and its con­tents down the hill to an­other set of houses.

‘ The main road along­side the big green was com­pletely un­der wa­ter,’ said Marie. ‘ There are no ap­par­ent run-off shores in this area ex­cept or a very small one. It gets badly flooded even af­ter nor­mal heavy rain. We feel this needs a storm drain.’

She said that at the bot­tom of Red­ford Court part of the river burst its banks and caused se­vere flood­ing in houses 124 to 126, two of which had to be evac­u­ated and com­pletely ren­o­vated.

‘ The wa­ter flowed down the road carry- ing the con­tents of gar­dens and mov­ing cars, the wa­ter was so strong. It lodged at the cor­ner of St. Crispin’s and Rose to a height of four or five feet, mak­ing it im­pass­able.’

She said, how­ever, that neigh­bours ral­lied around and tried to get the wa­ter to go into the river flow­ing be­hind the small bun­ga­lows num­bered from 191 to 202. ‘The ar­eas pointed out here are very vul­ner­a­ble and we are very wor­ried about a re­peat of th­ese events if some­thing is not done to sort out the prob­lems ur­gently.’

The Town En­gi­neer Eoin Hes­lin thanked her for her pre­sen­ta­tion, and as­sured her that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently un­der­way to ex­am­ine the best ways to pre­vent a re­cur­rence.

Some of the dam­age done at Red­ford Park dur­ing the Au­gust floods.

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