Wick­low lucky but prom won’t sur­vive another storm

De­cem­ber 1989

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE peo­ple of Wick­low town were count­ing their bless­ings after es­cap­ing the full brunt of last week­end’s storm that stranded many peo­ple in Ark­low and Bray.

But fears are grow­ing lo­cally that the Wick­low coast will suf­fer enor­mously if a sim­i­lar storm blows in.

Ur­ban coun­cil of­fi­cials and mem­bers are now look­ing for preven­tion rather than cure by call­ing for im­me­di­ate funds to pro­tect the lo­cal seafront from se­vere dam­age.

As it is, Town Clerk Tony O’Neill, fears that the popular prom­e­nade walk that leads to the Mur­rough will not stand up to another storm.

Last week­end, the con­crete struc­ture was se­ri­ously un­der­mined and ac­cord­ing to Mr O’Neill that par­tic­u­lar ac­cess to the Mur­rough will be cut off to the pub­lic if another storm ap­pears.

Mr O’Neill also pointed out that sec­tions of land banks on the Mur­rough were also sucked out to sea dur­ing the storm, a fairly reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence dur­ing high tides and winds.

‘ There is re­ally noth­ing we can do about that par­tic­u­lar prob­lem un­til the coastal ero­sion pro­tec­tion scheme from Wick­low to Bray is in­tro­duced,’ he said.

Up to ten homes on Strand Street and Seafront ar­eas were flooded dur­ing the storm.

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