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Cork floods: Clean-up bill expected to pass €1million

The council has said it is “not possible” to put a timescale on the repairs that will be needed in the worst-hit towns.

The Sarsfield roundabout in Wilton, Cork
The Sarsfield roundabout in Wilton, Cork
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THE COST OF repairing flood damage in towns across Cork will be more than €1million, according to local authorities.

Cork County Council has put the estimated bill for the clean-up at €1.4million. However, it’s understood this is just an initial figure and could be subject to change.

A spokesperson for the council told TheJournal.ie that the initial cleaning operation is now complete, but the long-term damage to infrastructure is still being assessed.

“It is not possible to put a timescale on those repairs at present,” the spokesperson said.

Council workers have pumped out homes which were filled with water, and cleaned up the worst of the damage. The local authority has made arrangements to take waste and damaged goods – such as furniture and electrical items – from householders whose homes were flooded.

Flood victims can apply for emergency cash grants of up to €1000 from the Irish Red Cross to buy food, clothes and other essentials. A Red Cross spokesperson said this morning that most homes in the town of Clonakilty had suffered significant water damage.

Read: Cork flood victims to get emergency cash for food>

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