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  • Northside West

Cabra floods once again

Monday, 20th June, 2016 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Cabra floods once again

Parts of Cabra were under water last week. PHOTO: Audrey Carville/Twitter @AudreyCarville

Cabra floods once again

Parts of Cabra were under water last week. PHOTO: Audrey Carville/Twitter @AudreyCarville

IRISH Water says it’s working to address flooding incidents that hit of parts of Cabra last week after the area was once again under water following heavy rain.

The flooding followed torrential downpours and an estimated 100 houses were believed to be affected. Parts of Phibsborough were also under water.

The area was struck by serious flooding in 2011 and 2013 and many locals are now anxious at any sign of grey skies above.

Fianna Fáil Dublin Central Area Representative, Mary Fitzpatrick, said homes and vehicles were destroyed by last week’s floods, which she believes could and should have been avoided.

“The inadequacy of the drainage problems in the area are well known and well documented following similar flash flooding events more than five years ago,” she explained.

“Following the flooding in 2011 I made representations on behalf of residents to Dublin City Council for a permanent drainage solution. Dublin City Council engineers were assigned and plans were drawn-up. Unfortunately it appears those plans were never implemented.”

Irish Water says over €100,000 has been invested to carry out detailed surveys of the sewer network in North Dublin in recent months and the utility body is “looking at all possible solutions in order to protect homes and businesses.”

“The heavy rainfall which occurred on Tuesday, June 14, can cause overloading of the sewer network, which is not designed to deal with this type of high intensity (thundery) rainfall,” a spokesperson said.

“The sewer network in East Cabra is made up of narrow pipes with a small number of suitable overflow outlets.

“To resolve this historic issue and address the issues of the aging sewer network in the area, Irish Water will need to carry out a range of measures which may include, a new combined sewer or a separate storm sewer, provision of storage capacity and backup pumping.”

Irish Water is responsible for the sewers while Dublin City Council is responsible for storm water drains and management of surface water run-off.

“By working together, Irish Water and Dublin City Council will ensure that an integrated approach is taken to find a solution to the flooding incidents,” the Irish Water spokesperson added.

Tom Leahy, Head of Operations for the East and Midlands at Irish Water, said detailed surveys of the sewer network had already been carried out.

“We are now investigating the causes of the flooding and are working to find a permanent solution to help to reduce the flood risk in East Cabra,” he added.

“Irish Water has previously met with residents and local representatives to outline the steps involved and the timeline for scoping solutions to the flooding.

“Given the scale of investment needed, we will have to prioritise critical areas. Due to the history of flooding in East Cabra, we have made it a priority to address the flooding in this area.

“We hope to outline options for discussion and consultation in the coming months and we are committed to finding a permanent solution to the flooding in the area.”


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