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hobob
2010-09-12 12:37:50
"Remains of footbridge at Barravore" from hobob Contract pics
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Flash flood damage Glenmalure
Last Monday 6th September there was massive flash flooding all along the Glenmalure Valley. Several bridges along the glen were destroyed including this one the wooden footbridge at Barravore. There were at least 7 landslides with a particularly obvious one at the zigzags parallel to the waterfall. The hostel and at least one house was flooded; the river up near the hostel has partially changed route; and whole new streams have been opened up. The track on up towards Table Mountain has had all the gravel and sand taken off it and is nothing but bare rocks and boulders. Seems like sudden cloud burst on ground dry from weeks of sun caused massive immediate run-off. One elderly local I spoke to said he'd never seen anything like it. Certainly makes you think about the massive forces of nature even in our Wicklow hills.
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