Flood Damage To Cost Council Millions

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Kerry County Council logoRECENT flood damage has cost Kerry County Council €3.5 million.

The effects of the deluge of rain that fell leading up to and during the Christmas period caused damage the length and breath of the county.

Radio Kerry reports the figure equates to 70% of the council’s yearly budget for roads on any given year.

At the beginning of December, Storm Desmond, brought with it rainfall that flooded parts of Tralee leaving homeowners, businesses and Kerry County Council counting the cost.

If  proof was further needed of the awful weather we’ve gone through, Valentia observatory recorded the wettest December since its records began.

According to Met Eireann the island observatory in south Kerry had its wettest December since it began recording weather conditions  76 years ago.

The amount of rainfall across the month was more than double the previous year with 339mm of rain recorded compared to the 135mm of rain that fell in 2014.

The wettest day of the month was December 5 when a sodden 36mm fell in 24 hours. The first day of December was actually the driest when no rain fell at all making it very much down hill from there.

Met Eireann are reporting more rain in the coming days, which is one of the more predictable forecasts you are going to hear, but for this afternoon at least you should be able to stick your head out the door.

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