Concern expressed over conflicting flood warnings in Dublin

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council had relayed a coastal flood risk warning from Dublin City Council on Thursday evening, but it changed the threat warning at 5pm this evening.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown council now says the “current highest predicted tide level does not pose a threat in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown coastal region.”

Meanwhile, Dublin City Council still has its warning in place, unchanged since this morning.

Councillor Barry Ward, who sits on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said he was concerned over conflicting flood warning and the confusion this could lead to.

“Given that the long-promised flood prevention measures in Blackrock and Stillorgan still haven’t started, these warnings understandably alarmed hundreds of residents in Blackrock and Stillorgan living next to the Carysfort-Maretimo Stream. It now seems that the Council need not have frightened them,” said Ward.

He added: “I have now received assurances from the council that there is not a flood risk in these areas, but until the Carysfort-Maretimo flood prevention project is completed, local residents who have been flooded on numerous occasions and can no longer insure their homes, will worry every time they hear a local flood warning.”

Ward accused Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council sitting on its hands on flood prevention, saying: “This scheme has been promised for years: the plans are complete, the departmental funding has been identified; everyone knows what has to happen.”

He said tenders were submitted for the project in January, funding was applied for on the September 8 and, since November 1, he says, the Department of the Environment is now recommending revising the tender.

“The affected residents cannot wait any longer. DLR must act now to ensure that these people do not have to endure another winter wondering when they will be flooded. Councillors have been kept out of the loop to the extent that we have to hound officials for basic information or progress updates,” stated Ward.

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