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Almost one in 10 homes in Louth at risk of flooding, new report finds

Almost one in 10 homes in Louth at risk of flooding, new report finds
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Almost one in every 10 homes in Louth is at a “significant risk” from flooding, a new report has found.

The findings from Gamma, a location intelligence solution company who used its environmental risk platform Perilfinder, discovered that 9% of homes in the county are at risk from floods.

Only Clare at 10% had a higher percentage chance of flooding with 60,000 homes at risk nationwide. The two counties scored highest because they are at risk of both coastal and river flooding, bringing a larger amount of homes into deluge zones.

The company said it used a “detailed 3D-flood model” combined with the Eircode database to establish the devastation to housing that could be caused by major flooding.

Feargal O’Neill, CEO, Gamma, said: “Increased flood risk is perhaps the biggest challenge from climate change for Ireland. Analysis like this is of significant value to home owners, local authorities, planners and insurance companies who require detailed assessment of flood-risk exposure, as we look to the infrastructure being built now to cater for increases in flood risk.”

Pictured above: Main Street in Blackrock flooded in February 2014