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Council hit with €15.3m flood damage bill 12.09.17

DONEGAL County Council has received a hammerblow to its finances ahead of winter with confirmation that recent flooding caused an estimated €13.45m damage to roads in Inishowen.
Almost a further €2m in damage was caused to roads and infrastructure in the Letterkenny, Stranorlar and Donegal municipal districts when the floods hit on August 22. These figures do not include the tens of thousands of euro in damage caused to homes.
The total repair cost for roads infrastructure in the county including 600 separate incidents in Inishowen is now estimated at €15.3m. Damage to some 115 bridges was caused and up to a quarter of these may have to be replaced.
The council outlined the figures in its latest update which also outlined the expected timeframe for repairs and road re-openings. The R244 at Craignahorna on the Mountain Road between Buncrana and Carndonagh is expected to open in four weeks.
Local diversions are not suitable for HGVs which are asked to use main roads.
The R240 at Riverside between Quigleys Point and Carndonagh is now open to single lane traffic. Motorists are asked to remember that there is a 20 tonne weight restriction on this road and for this reason it is not suitable for HGVs.
The R238 at Three Trees between Muff and Quigleys Point is now open to two way traffic.
Road works at the R238 Muff to Quigley's Point road on September 07, 2017. Photo courtesy Bren Whelan, @DonegalClimbing.
The L-1781-6 Grainne's Gap is now open with a small diversion at Thompsontown bridge.  This bridge is due to open on Friday 15 September.
Meanwhile, 59 families have registered as being displaced with solutions been found for 31 families.
"In many of these cases, this is an interim solution until such times as they are in a position to move back to their home. Some have already moved to their new accommodation, and in other cases arrangements are being finalised or the Council is awaiting responses to offers made. A number of cases do not require action at this time and the Council continues to work with all displaced households on a case by case basis to addressing their housing needs," the council said in its statement. It said the council’s Housing Service continues to provide support and assistance to those affected by the floods. Swan Park in Buncrana remains closed due to extensive damage. "The park is unsafe and we are advising members of the public not to visit the park," the council added.
The following rural roads in Inishowen remain closed:
L-1891-2 - Iskaheen Road to the chapel
L-53912 – Annagh
L-7451-1 - Drumskillen Road
L-7631-3 - Glenbridge Road
L-7641-1 – Gortcormican due to open on Friday, September 29.
L-7681-1 - Lowertown Road/Gortcormican
L-7761-2 - Knowhead Road/Calfwarn
If you have been affected by the floods, you can access a list of services here .
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