X230,000 bill for damage caused by floods

Tidal waves at Blackrock

Tidal waves at Blackrock

The minimum bill that Louth Local Authority will be sending the government for the clean-up and damage caused by the recent storms that hit Blackrock, Dundalk and north Louth, will be €230,000.

A report has been finalised by the local authority after outdoor staff completed their assessment.

The claim will now be submitted to the Department for the environment.

the authority has no special funding for such works and like other council around the country it is submitting the bill to government.

Technical teams only got to review the extent of the damage in Blackrock and Balagan when the week’s high tides subsided.

There were a number of incidents of flooding in Carlingford and Dundalk with The inner relief bypass flooded at Quay Street and St Helena Park.

Flooding was also a problem on a number of days at the Fairgreen in Dundalk with the road impassable for most traffic.

The government is being strongly advised to apply as soon as possible to the EU Solidarity Fund in order to access aid for the nationwide clean-up following the superstorm. Estimates indicate the damage could be as high as €300 million, but only €45 million has been made available from the national emergency fund.


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