Well another reason I am glad this evening that I don’t now own the house I am currently renting (despite up to now thinking this street was in the top 5 on my ‘like to buy in D.3’ list).
Back garden was 1 foot under, and the water came within about 1/2ft of the back doors. Garage took the hit as the escape route for all the surrounding houses as they all have garage conversions and extensions, and its still running like a river through the garage. Dublin City Councils emergency line was a joke, and I’'m still awaiting sandbags to arrive some hours later.
Harold’s cross was pretty badly flooded. Kimmage road had about 2 feet of water in places. As were houses on Mount Argus road. Some of residents had to leave. Some of the houses in church park were flooded too.
When i am planning a new forest somewhere, I check out the old 1902 OS maps drawn up by the Brits.
If an area of ground has written across it “Liable to flooding” I stay away from it. Im pretty sure the County Councils have access to these maps.
A little glib i know, the damage has been done long ago in the large urban centres, but new planning for a shopping centre just outside Carrick-on=Shannon was given about ten years ago. All the locals scratched their heads as it was a known swamp/flood plain. 8 years later the entire complex was under water for a week.
What I would like to know is was it legal for the landlord where the lady died to bar up the windows. Was there a fire escape apart from the door she couldn’t open and is this an accident somewhere else in the city waiting to repeat itself.