Wicklow lucky but prom won’t survive another storm
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.