A preliminary report into storm damage in Clare shows a cost of at least €23.67 million to Clare County Council. These figures do not include the cost to be carried by the OPW and other public bodies, individuals displaced by the storms, or community projects such as playgrounds.
Clare County Council is currently meeting to discuss the report to be sent to the Government this evening in a bid to secure funding to begin the clean up and repair works.
The largest cost to the council will be a whopping €5.84 million to repair the promenade and dealing with the compromised rock armour at the seaside resort of Lahinch.
The county’s most westerly village of Kilbaha was also extensively damaged with repair work estimated at €3.42 million, and a further €622,000 estimated for Kilcredaun where six families were isolated from the mainland for days.
Cloughaninchy, Quilty, which was the site of devastating damage to homes is estimated to cost €2.58 million.
Repairs to damage at New Quay are also estimated at €1.84 million, with €1.12 million of damage estimated at Moneypoint, Kilrush.
Among those in the public gallery are people displaced by the floods or whose property has been significantly damaged. TDs Michael McNamara and Joe Carey and Senator Martin Conway are also in attendance.
Cllr Oliver Garry has raised concerns that Kildysart – Ballynacally does not seem to have been included in the preliminary report. County Manager Tom Coughlan replied that the OPW have a responsibility for the area in question.
The meeting continues with councillors highlighting more areas under stress as a result of the New Year Storm.
Full details of every town and village’s estimates in next Tuesday’s Clare People.